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Wilfrid Ellis Durant

In memory of:

Lieutenant Wilfrid Ellis Durant

July 2, 1918

Military Service




Air Force


Royal Air Force


29th Sqdn.

Additional Information

Son of William Asa and Lewella May Durant, of Chesterville, Ontario.

Commemorated on the Chesterville Cenotaph, Morewood Cenotaph, and Wilfrid Ellis Durant Memorial.

Commemorated on Page 586 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

V. C. 40.


LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY is on the southern outskirts of St Omer and is about 45 kilometres south-east of Calais. When approaching the cemetery from St. Omer centre follow in the direction of Abbeville on the D 928. As you leave the town towards Longuenesse drive up the hill for about 600 metres and the cemetery is on your left.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Family Photo– Wilfred Ellis Durant as a young man with his Mother, Lewella May, Cora(sister) on the left and Irma(sister) on the right. I love this photo and it sits proudly on my hutch. I also have parts of his diary during the war and his call to battle badge.
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Roll of Honour– "This Roll of Honour has been prepared as a permanent tribute to those men of the teaching profession in Ontario, who enlisted in connection with the Great War."  Source:  The Roll of Honour of the Ontario Teachers Who Served in the Great War 1914-1918 (The Ryerson Press: Toronto, 1922).   The 1914-1918 Roll of Service for Ontario Teachers contains 851 names.  101 died as a result of their military service.  The information on this Honour Roll may differ from other sources as it was compiled by the Department of Education in Toronto, Ontario, from "...varied and numerous sources, that mistakes are inevitable."
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike, 2010.
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto between 1919-1924, in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War.  The name of "Lt. W. E. Durant R.A.F." is carved on the Memorial Screen, which can be seen at photo left. Photo:  K. Parks

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