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

Second Lieutenant William Cecil Hutson ’16

Died: March 21, 1918

Lieut. William C. Hutson, who was killed in action on the 21st March, was the elder son of Mr. Harry Hutson, Spadina Rd., Toronto, and was at U.C.C. from 1909-1916, when he went to R.M.C. being gazetted 2nd Lieut, in July 1917 ; he went overseas in September 1917, and was attached to “C” Battery, 51st Brigade, 9th Division. He was in his 20th year. Cadet H. Hutson of R.M.C. is a younger brother.

His Commanding Officer writes :

“He was beloved by all who knew him, and his friends with the Battery and the Brigade were many. They will feel his loss keenly ; in addition to being such a splendid fellow personally, he had the makings of a first-class artillery officer. Mercifully, he was killed instantaneously, subsequently his body was laid to rest near the main dressing station near Fins.”

The Major commanding Lieut. Hutson’s Battery writes :

“Although he had only been with us about a month, he had become one of our greatest friends, and we feel his loss very much, as he was always so cheerful, energetic and keen. On the 21st March before the enemy attacked, he bombarded the battery position with gas shell. It was Lieut Hutson’s first “show,” and he was as pleased as Punch, expecting some real fighting. An N.C.O. told me afterwards that he was joking with the men even with his gas mask on. Later in the day, the Boches got through on our right flank 800 yards away and Hutson had one of his guns out firing point blank at them. Just after this, he went into a gun pit to see to the repairs of a gun when a high velocity shell struck the gun pit killing him instantly. The Division in which he fought has several times been mentioned in Haig’s despatches.”

College Times (Summer 1918) pg. 14-15



More information about Second Lieutenant William Cecil Hutson ’16 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Upper Canada College Roll of Pupils 1830-1916

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Royal Military College Museum (The RMC archival collection may hold more information.)

The Royal Artillery in the First World War (51st Brigade)

Book of Remembrance 

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered

Book of Remembrance