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Sidney Smith Burnham

In memory of:

Major Sidney Smith Burnham

August 9, 1918

Military Service


Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

19th Battalion

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette No. 30340 dated 18 Oct 1917, Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette No. 29623 dated 15 June 1916, Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette No. 30448 dated 28 dec 1917, Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette No. 31089 dated 31 Dec 1918, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Additional Information


Born:

August 18, 1889
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 13, 1914
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Dr. George Herbert Burnham and Frances Sarah Burnham, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 377 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CAIX BRITISH CEMETERY
Somme, France

Grave Reference:

I. A. 2.

Location:

The village of Caix is situated about 28 kilometres south-east of Amiens, midway between the N29, Amiens to St. Quentin road, and the D934, Amiens to Roye road. The CAIX BRITISH CEMETERY is south of the village. From the centre of the village on the main road, D28, in the direction of Beaucourt en Santerre, turn left at the D41 in the direction of Le Quesnel. About 200 metres along this road is the local communal cemetery and the first CWGC signpost will be found. Turn left just before the local cemetery and follow the side road where the CAIX BRITISH CEMETERY will be found on the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– St. Paul's Anglican Church in Toronto (Bloor) has more than 30 separate memorials from the First World War, including windows, chancel screens, tablets, panels, and artifacts. Under the large memorial hangs a raw wooden cross that originally marked the grave of Maj. Sidney Burnham in France; his family donated it to the church after a stone marker was laid on top of his ?nal resting place in France.
  • Photo of Sidney Smith Burnham– From "The War Book of Upper Canada College", edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923.  This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during the First World War.
  • Photo of Sidney Burnham– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement Fourth Edition 1918
published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Photo of SIDNEY SMITH BURNHAM– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping 2
  • Newspaper Clipping 3– Toronto World, 20 Aug. 1918, p. 4.
  • Newspaper Clipping 4
  • Newspaper Clipping 5
  • Honor Roll– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Memorial Tablet– Major Sidney Smith Burnham is remembered on this brass Memorial Tablet.  It was unveiled on May 1st, 1921 in memory of Upper Canada College students who died on active service during the First World War.  Upper Canada College is located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Inscription– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower. The carillon was installed in 1927.  Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War.  Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room, several of which pertain to those who studied at University College. Bell XXIII is dedicated: "University College Alumni Association". Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Inscription– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower. The carillon was installed in 1927.  Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War.  Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room. Bell XV is dedicated: "Alpha Delta Phi".
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto in 1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. Among the 628 names carved on the Memorial Screen beside the Tower is that of Sidney Smith Burnham. After the Second World War, the names of 557 more men and women were carved in the Memorial Arch underneath the Tower. Photo:  K. Parks.
  • World War I memorial tablet– World War One memorial tablet set in the chancel screen at St. Paul's (Anglican),  Toronto, Ontario.  The screen is in three sections, with the two outside sections displaying the tablets.  The chancel screen includes statues of twelve historic figures including Admiral Earl Beatty, King George V, Earl Kitchener, Marshal Foch, Earl Haig, and Lord Byng of Vimy.  The screen was the work of Messrs. J. Wippell & Co., of Exeter, England.

The great chancel war memorial windows are located above. These are inscribed:   "To the Greater Glory of God and in Everlasting Remembrance of the Men of St. Paul's Parish who gave their lives in Defence of Justice, Liberty and Truth, A.D. 1914-1919."  They were unveiled in 1921 by the Governor-General of Canada, Baron Byng of Vimy.  Another World War One memorial window in honour of the men named on the tablets is located on the east wall of the Nave.  The panels include fragments of glass from 70 buildings in the war zones.  It was unveiled by Baron Byng of Vimy in 1922.  Both windows were manufactured by Robert McCausland Ltd. of Toronto
  • Inscription– World War One memorial tablet, St. Paul's (Anglican), Bloor St. East, Toronto, Ontario.  One of two memorial tablets set within a spectacular carved alabaster chancel screen.  Erected in memory of the men of St. Paul's who died during the first World War and unveiled in March 1926.   Each alabaster tablet incorporates mosaic work depicting kneeling angels holding a laurel wreath and a torch.  Seventy-six names in total were listed by date of death.   Inscribed:  'IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE', and from The Very Reverend Cyril Alington:   'And us they trusted. We the task inherit / The unfinished task for which their lives were spent / But leaving us a portion of their spirit / They gave their witness and they died content.'
  • Memorial– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike, 2010; courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Grave marker

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