Victoria Public School, Brantford, Ontario - First World War Roll of Honour

Victoria Public School, Brantford, Ontario - First World War Roll of Honour

With the recent announcement that plans are underway to chronicle the 118-year history of the former Victoria School, we would like to draw your attention to the former students who served during the First World War.  For more information about the wartime service of these men and women, please go to the “We Remember” database from the homepage.

The Great War Centenary Association – Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations would be pleased to add any images or documents you may have in regards to those who enlisted from this school.

BX May 25, 1917

Roll of Honor Unveiled at the Victoria School – In This Educational Building 160 Were Taught Meaning of Canada’s Nationhood and Answered the Country’s Call for Men – Of These Ten Already Paid the Price
A prominent feature of the Empire Day celebrations in the public schools on Wednesday was the unveiling of a Roll of Honor in Victoria School, the same containing the names of upwards of 160 pupils and ex-pupils of the school who are serving in the Great War.  The Honor Roll is a work of art and has been prominently placed in the hall directly in front of the entrance.  The idea of the Honor Roll originated with Miss Mary Colter the principal of the school, who collected the names; Miss Fallis, another teacher, designed it and executed the color work, while Inspector E.E.C. Kilmer did the lettering.  Miss Hilda Livingston, who has four brothers on the roll, unveiled it.  W.S. Brewster, K.C., whose son’s name is on it, made and eloquent address, and in fact all taking part on the excellent program were in some way represented on the Roll of Honor.  The roll contains the names of 10 ex-students who have already paid the supreme price.

“I believe that the entry of the United States into the war is the salvation of the Allies’ cause.  Now with the British Empire and the United States of America united I think that liberty is assured.  I believe that they will turn the tide and help to bring it to a successful conclusion.” 

This significant utterance was made by W.S. Brewster, K.C., in a stirring patriotic appeal.

The hall was entirely inadequate to accommodate the large number who turned out for the unique event, the stairs on both sides of the hall being utilized and many having to stand.  The visitors entering the hall passed through a column of cadets in their khaki uniforms and entered the hall where the ceremony was to take place.  This was splendidly decorated with flags and bunting in great profusion.  A dias had been erected directly in front of the Honor Roll, which was covered by a big flag and surrounded by flowers.

It had been expected that Hon. Col. Harry Cockshutt would be present to officiate as chairman, but through a delay in the train service he did not arrive and Mr. E.E.C. Kilmer agreeably filled the position.  After Ven. Archdeacon G.C. MacKenzie had read a Psalm and offered prayer, Miss Hilda Livingston was called upon to unveil the Honor Roll.

This action was followed by a pleasing program.  Miss Annabel Ryerson led off with a humorous dialect recitation, “Sandy McNabb on the War.”

Miss Hilda Livingston, who is one of the city’s most popular vocalists, sang in fine voice “The Long, Long Trail,” and Miss Mildred Sanderson charmed the gathering with a violin solo.

W.S. Brewster, K.C. 

W.S. Brewster, K.C., spoke for a few minutes in a stirring manner.  He told of some of the things that he appreciated in the boys who had gone to the front and expressed the view that the steps taken by Victoria School were steps in the right direction.  Canada, he said, had been in the war for three years, yet the United States, which had only been in a few months, displayed 25 flags to everyone flown by the Canadians.  A great deal of the inspiration of the boys who went overseas had been implanted by the teachers of the school.

One of the things appreciated by Mr. Brewster in the boys was their cheerfulness.  Notwithstanding all privations and discouragements, these were never displayed in their letters home.  This showed the true spirit of patriotism and that not one of them had gone for the sake of glory or adventure.  They also showed that they would all fight to the finish and until victory was perched on the banners of the Allies.

“All must admire these brave Canadians,” said Mr. Brewster, touching on the stand they had taken against the charge and deadly gas of the Germans, and remarked that they were just as brave as the Greek soldiers who were made immortal through history.  The British at Waterloo did not have any braver men than the Canadians proved themselves to be at Vimy Ridge.

Mr. Brewster asked if the people at home realized as fully as they should what the boys who had gone to the front had done.  The people here did not appear to fully realize that there was a war on.  They had more money than ever before and everything was prospering and it was his opinion that the people did not realize fully that the war was on or the privations the boys were undergoing.

The British nation, according to the speaker, was the backbone of the Allies.  It had to supply the other Allies.  It had to supply the other Allies for a time with money, clothes and munitions, and for this reason he thought we ought to be proud of the Empire.  It was not the first time the British people had stood in defence of freedom and liberty.  It took 21 years to defeat Napoleon.  Today in Napoleon’s place there was the Kaiser and nobody knew, he said, how long it would take to defeat him.  Even if it took 21 years the Empire had the pluck, as it had before, to see it through.

Referring to the duty of the people today, Mr. Brewster said that a spirit of opposition to conscription was being manifested, especially amongst the slackers:

“It is our duty, - I don’t care what political party you belong to – to stand behind it and create a sentiment for it.  I believe, though, that there are slackers in so much that we have not done all that we could to win the war.  The spirit of pessimism is the worst foe we have.  Put on a cheerful countenance, do your very best and don’t worry about the consequences.  Back up the boys at the front and we will have a glorious victory.”

Self-Denial Gifts

A pleasing feature of the program was the presentation of the children’s self-denial money to the Women’s Patriotic League.  Miss Isabel Palmer made the presentation of the money, which was accepted by Mrs. T. Harry Jones on behalf of the League, and Master Irving Wood explained the gift.

The children said Master Wood, had been denying themselves little luxuries to save money for patriotic purposes during the past year. On St. Valentine’s Day the boxes were opened and found to contain $30.  This was spent on sugar for soldiers at the front.  After this, waste was collected, and a concert held, and on opening the boxes the grand sum of $130 had been found.  It was the desire of the children, he said, to give this money to the Women’s Patriotic League for St. Dunstan’s Hospital for the blind.

Mrs. T. Harry Jones, on behalf of the League, accepted the gift with thanks. She explained briefly the founding of the home by Sir Arthur Pearson, and expressed the hope that no Brantford boy would ever lose his sight through this dreadful war.

E.E.C. Kilmer

Pride in the Brantford Public School children was expressed by Inspector E.E.C. Kilmer.  Under his supervision there were some 3,500 children, and he had never found a better lot of children.  A great many calls had been made on the children during the past three years, and it was, he said, a source of pleasure to see the way they responded.  This money, he remarked had been raised by real self-denial in practically every case.

The efforts of Miss Colter and the teachers of the school were publicly appreciated.  Mrs. Marquis moved a vote of thanks, which was seconded by Mrs. Buck.  Mrs. Marquis was sure the day would mark a red letter one for the school.  She had praise for those on the program and for those on the program and for those who had assisted on the Honor Roll.  Miss Colter, she said, had originated the scheme, and it was also Miss Colter who had six years ago started the school leagues.

Beautiful bouquets were presented to Miss Colter and Miss Fallis.  In a brief reply of thanks Miss Colter said that the preparing of the Honor Roll had been a work of Love.

The continuance of the program included a solo by Miss Marjorie Sweet, another by Miss Marjorie Jones.

Victoria School took the lead last year with the Horticultural Society in an effort to beautify the city, and as a result gave out bulbs to the children.  As a tangible evidence of the appreciation felt for this work prizes were presented to the three children who had the best beds. The prizes went to the Misses Jeanette Irwin, Ina Minshall and Ethel McDonald.

The Honor Roll - The names on the Honor Roll are as follows:


Brewster, Harold Staples
Clark, Edward Wells
Creasser, William
Costain, Herbert Haddler
Fish, Warren
Ginn, Alfred George
Hawke, John
Hickman, Harry Jr.
Livingston, Hugh Dalton
Livingston, Lawrence Wilmot
Orr, John Percy
Ott, Franklin Walter
Pinnell, Joseph Howard
Pitcher, Earl Pettit
Preston, Harold Brant
Scott, Robert
Stokes, Stanley Thomas
Stratford, George Stacey
Vaughan, Egerton
Wilkinson, Gordon Kenneth

Nurses and VAD’s

Ballachey, M.E.B.
Henry, Jean
Ruddy, Eva
Wallace, Gladys Robena


Beech, Walter Henry  
Bennett, Albert 
Bernhardt, William Edward  
Berry, Ewart Gladstone
Berry, Wilfred
Berry, William
Bishop, Arthur Leonard
Bishop, Leonard Francis
Brandon, James Lamont
Brigham, Elmer Newton
Brown, James Henry 
Buck, Stanley Ernest
Bunnell, Kenneth Verner
Burns, Robert Melvin
Butler, Charles
Carter, Roy Frank  
Caudwell, Norman Stewart
Christie, Edward
Clark, Richard
Clark, Robert  
Collins, Francis Douglas
Collins, George Robert
Colwell, Burt  
Cook, Nelson Joseph
Costain, William Alfred
Crompton, Charles Roderick Blackburn, M.D.
Cusden, Earl Richard John
Dickie, George
Dickie, John William
Dunnett, Alfred Samuel
Eagleton, Ralph Plant
Emmett, John
Evans, George
Fish, Buryl
Force, Eugene Henry
Fulcher, Bartley
Genet, Harry
Genet, John Ernest
Gibson, Samuel Kemp
Hagey, Charles Ralph
Harp, Carl Ernest
Harris, Burt
Hart, Wilfred George
Hately, Henry Whipple
Hawken, Raymond De Wilton
Heatley, Ernest Alfred
Heyd, Norman
Higgins, George
Higgins, George
Hurst, Joseph Greenwood
Hitchon, Arnold
Hitchon, Wilton Wallace
Hope, Jack
Hurley, James Joseph
Jackson, Royal
Johnston, Walter
Jones, Gordon Rosebrugh
Jones, Harry Douglas 
Jones, Percy
Jubber, George Joseph
Kelso, James
Laing, Alfred George  
Lewis, Albert Charles
Liddle, Harold William
Livingston, Arthur Hereward    
Livingston, Brant
Lucas, Jonathan Allan
Lucas, Lorne Earl
Matthews, James
McGregor, Douglas Guy
McInnes, Charles
McKenzie, William Cross
Mead, Percy Russell
Mellor, Harold
Millar, Elmer Lorne
Miller, Henry
Millard, Glen Douglas
Moffatt, Gordon Stanley  
O'Heron, Gordon Harold
O'Heron, William Leo
Othmar, Ross
Palmer, Harold
Paterson, Morton
Payne, Sydney
Peirce, Elmer Stanley
Peirce, John
Peirce, Lloyd Peter
Peirce, William 
Pinnell, Frederick Henry Arthur
Pinnell, John Walter
Pilgrim, Charles
Pollock, Harry
Pollock, James
Pollock, William
Porteous, John
Reynolds, William John
Robbins, Frank
Ryerson, Harvey Frederick
Ryerson, William McIntyre
Sanderson, Frank Leeming
Sedgwick, Allen Varey
Shultis, Adam Perceil
Slemin, Charles Clifford
Slemin, John Austin Dufferin
Sneath, Milford Harold
Stratford, Arthur M.
Strode, John Avenal
Sutherland, John Logan
Sweet, George Edmond Foster
Taylor, Charlie
Taylor, Harold
Taylor, Robert
Taylor, Oscar Neville
Tooze, John Housson William
Tyrrell, Roy Wesley
Vansickle, Sheldon  
Wallace, Archibald Totten
Wallace, Chester Harris
Wallace, Gavin
Wallace, Stanley Ross
Wallace, William
Wallis, John Joseph
Watt, William Ewart
Watts, Hilary
Watts, Ruskin
Watson, Lorne David
Weaver, James
Wheeland, Charles Elgin
Wilcox, Elsworth Percy
Wood, Howard Kenneth
Wood, Lloyd Paterson
Woods, William Benjamin
Wyllie, Wilfred Gordon
Wyllie, William John