World War 1 & The Stone Frigate Connection

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The Stone Frigate 1914

Researched by: E3161 Victoria Edwards (RMC 2003)

World War 1 & The Stone Frigate Connection

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903 Lt. Harold Stratton Matthews (RMC 1911-1914)�
Read about 903 Lt. Harold Stratton Matthews in the Frigate

He was killed in action June 2 1916, aged 22, while remaining at his post as forward observing officer, where he continued to the last to direct his battery in an endeavor to protect the retiring infantry and to impede the progress of the advancing enemy.

908 Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 908 Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson in the Frigate

He was killed in Flanders at 22 years of age on 19 August 1915.

909 Lt. Ian Robert Reekie MacNaughton (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 909 Lt. Ian Robert Reekie MacNaughton in the Frigate

He was killed in action on Apr 26, 1916 and was buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery.

915 Major John Alexander Ross (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 915 Major John Alexander Ross in the Frigate

He died on September 17, 1916 in Courcelette, France at 22 years of age, a casualty of the First World War.

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917 Lt Francis Fyshe (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 917 Lt Francis Fyshe in the Frigate

He died on Nov 27, 1915, a casualty of the First World War.

919 Captain Edward Ashworth Whitehead Jr. (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 919 Captain Edward Ashworth Whitehead Jr. in the Frigate

He died on Jun 3, 1916 at 22 years of age.

920 Lt Lindsay Drummond (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 920 Lt Lindsay Drummond in the Frigate

He was killed on the Western Front during the First World War on May 18, 1917.

934 Major Cecil Verge Strong (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 934 Major Cecil Verge Strong in the Frigate

He died at 23 years of age Mar 10, 1917 a casualty of the First World War.

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938 Lt. Allan Dixon Walker (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 938 Lt. Allan Dixon Walker in the Frigate

He died on June 16, 1915, a casualty of the First World War.

939 Flight Lt. Franklin Sharp Rankin (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 939 Flight Lt. Franklin Sharp Rankin in the Frigate

He died of enemy fire on October 23, 1916 while escorting a photo-reconnaissance mission flying over Bapaume. He was a casualty of the First World War at 23 years of age.

941 Acting Major Hugh Ethelred McCarthy Ince (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 941 Acting Major Hugh Ethelred McCarthy Ince in the Frigate

He was killed in action at the Somme while in command of the 53rd Battery R.F.A. Nov 4. 1916 at 23 years of age.

942 Maj Eric Ogilvie McMurtry (RMC 1911-1914)
Read about 942 Major Eric Ogilvie McMurtry in the Frigate

He was killed while flying in France on Apr 28, 1917 at 22 years of age.

Ed note: Read about the Stone Frigate 1914  Here

Special Note – 3572 Frank Norman, November 14th, 2014- See comment below

 

The Stone Frigate 1914

2 Comments

  • 3572 Frank Norman

    November 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Bill:-
    As discussed, this article is incomplete.

    “The Stone Frigate, 1914”, is an unique, published record of the College in 1914, compiled by the Class that entered RMC in 1911 with 42 Recruits. After additions from earlier Classes, and deletions from within their own number over their time at RMC, 38 Gentleman Cadets graduated on 24 June, 1914.

    Of the original Class, 16 were KIA, not 12 as shown in the article above. Those missing are Nos 924 van der Smissen (after whom the Award is named), 926 Maunsell (who dropped a year), 932 Crawford and 940 Bethune (neither of whom completed the three-year program).

  • Victoria Edwards E3161

    November 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    924 William Henry Victor Vander Smissen (RMC 1914) was the youngest child from William Henry van der Smissen. He attended Ridley College 1903-1908. He returned to Ridley, in January 1911, to prepare for his entrance exam into the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He passed with flying colours and was easily accepted into the school. On February 16, 1915, he went to the trenches in Armentiéres, France. He fought in the battle of St. Julien where he was appointed Machine Gun Officer in 1915, and also the Captain of Company. On June 13th, 1916, the troops went for battle. Captain Marani was severely injured and he gave control to Victor. After a long day of work, while they were resting, a shell entered the doorway of the dugout, and exploded, instantly killing him. http://qormuseum.org/soldiers-of-the-queens-own/van-der-smissen-william-henry-victor/

    926 Herbert S. Maunsell (RMC 1911) http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/166793?Herbert%20S%20Maunsell

    940, Captain Henry Ewart Bethune (RMC 1912), son of Mr. H. J. Bethune, 7 was 24 years of age and was at Upper Canada College from 1903-1909. Capt. Bethune was at Winnipeg at the outbreak of the war and enlisted as a Pte. in the 79th Cameron Highlanders in August, 1914. He went from there to Valcartier, then overseas to Salisbury. In December he received a commission in the 12th Highland L. I. and went to France. In April, 1916, he was severely wounded and came home on a furlough. The following Spring he returned to France, was again wounded and sent to Scotland, where he was placed on home duty. In April of this year he returned to France and had been in frequent actions until he was killed. http://uccremembers.ca/old-boy/captain-henry-ewart-bethune-09/

    932 Lieutenant Richard Gilpin Crawford (RMC 1913) was the son of Mr. W. G. Crawford, of Tillbury, and came to the Upper Canada College in 1908 to prepare for the R.M.C. He passed the entrance examination in 1911 and completed his course there in 1913. http://uccremembers.ca/old-boy/lieutenant-richard-gilpin-crawford-11/