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William Frederick Nelson Sharpe

In memory of:

Lieutenant William Frederick Nelson Sharpe

February 4, 1915
Shoreham, England

Military Service




Air Force


Royal Flying Corps


1st Battalion, Canadian Contingent

Additional Information

Son of Frederick Charles and Ida (née Bell) Sharpe. Husband of Alma K. Sharpe of Prescott, Ontario. Lt. W.F. Sharpe was the first Canadian military aviator to give his life in the Great War.

Commemorated on Page 36 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Section 10, Block 5, Lot 4, Grave B.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Two news articles announcing the death of Lt. William Frederick Nelson Sharpe, who served with the Royal Flying Corps.
  • Newspaper Clipping– This report of the inquest into the death of Lieutenant Sharpe appeared (at page 118) in the February 12, 1915 issue of Flight, the journal of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.  It would be arguably unfair to put much weight on the statement that the accident was "apparently" due to the deceased's overconfidence, especially without knowing the details of the evidence on this point and from whom it came.
  • Roll of honour– Lisgar Collegiate honour roll

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