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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.
Second Lieutenant Charles Percival Waldie ’99
Died: September 26, 1915
Lieut. Charles Percival Waldie, 8th Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regt.), was the youngest son of the late John Waldie of Glenhurst, Rosedale, Toronto, and came to Upper Canada College in 1895. In 1899 he went into his father’s business, and was manager at Victoria Harbour for the Victoria Harbour Lumber Co. He was unmarried, and was 32 at the time of his death.
On the outbreak of war, though without previous military experience, Lieut. Waldie sailed for England and joined the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps—there was at that time no Officers Training Corps in Canada—later receiving a commission in the Royal West Surreys, the second oldest infantry regiment in England. He went to the front at the end of August, 1915, reaching the trenches on the night of Sept. 25th. On the next day, Sept. 26th, in the battle of Loos, his battalion suffered heavily and he was himself twice wounded, the second time severely. Lieut. Waldie was last seen lying wounded on the field near Hulluch Village, close to the Loos road; since then no news has been received of him, and he is now presumed killed.
College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 6
More information about Second Lieutenant Charles Percival Waldie ’99 can be found at:
The Legacy of John Waldie and Sons: A History of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company (2007) by Kenneth A. Armson and Marjorie McLeod
The Burlington Gazette, “Who Knew?” by Mark Gillies