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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Second Lieutenant Maurice Irving Machell ’08

Died: September 15, 1916

Lieut. Maurice Irving Machell was killed in action on Sept. 15th, 191 6, during the Somme offensive. He was the eldest son of Dr. Machell, of Toronto, and was twenty-five at the time of his death.

Lieut. Machell was at Upper Canada College from 1904 to 1908, and then matriculated at Toronto University, taking his B.A. degree from Trinity College. When the war broke out he was in his second year Divinity at the General Theological Seminary, New York, where he distinguished himself by his work.

On Nov. 4th, 19 14, he entered camp as a private in the 19th Batt., becoming Lance- Corporal before he left for England in May, 1915. In August he accepted a commission in the 3rd Batt., King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, gaining a special certificate in his examination. Later on he was sent to Altcar Camp, near Liverpool, to take a course for Instructors in Musketry, where he obtained a 1st Class Certificate, and shortly after became Instructor of his Battalion, with a free hand to carry on the work as he thought best. This post he held until going to the front.

June 5th, 191 6, Lieut. Machell went to France and was attached to the 5th K. S.L.I. The Chaplain states that he was killed while leading his men in a magnificent advance, adding that he was a really first-class officer, greatly relied upon by officers and men. This testimony is corroborated by his Company Commander, who says that Lieut. Machell was a great loss to the regiment, as he was always keen and thorough in everything he undertook.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 18-19


More information about Second Lieutenant Maurice Irving Machell ’08 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Upper Canada College Old Boys Who Served in The Queen’s Own Rifles Canada

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canadian Great War Project

Canadian Great War Project 2

Commonwealth War Graves Commission