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Samuel Simpson Sharpe

In memory of:

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Simpson Sharpe

May 25, 1918

Montreal, Quebec

Military Service


Age:

45

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Division:

Commanding 116th Bn.

Citation(s):

British War Medal and Victory Medal

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Additional Information


Born:

March 13, 1873
Zephyr, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 10, 1916
Uxbridge, Ontario

Son of George and Mary Ann (nee Simpson) Sharpe. Husband of Mable Edith (nee Crosby) Sharpe of Uxbridge, Ontario.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe was also a serving Member of Parliament for Ontario North from 20 January 1909 until his death.

Commemorated on Page 499 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

UXBRIDGE CEMETERY
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

N/A

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Memorial– A prominent Uxbridge lawyer, Sharpe was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908. When war broke out he raised a battalion of men from around Durham Region and led them into such famous battles as Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and Avion.  Lt.-Col. Sharpe, who was a sitting MP when he was sent home from the battlefield with a diagnosis of nervous shock and ended up committing suicide at his Montreal hospital. Due to the manner of his death, and the lack of understanding of mental injuries at the time, Sharpe’s name was virtually erased from history. The story has been revived in recent years as a cautionary tale around the military’s past treatment of mental injuries suffered by soldiers. Durham MP Erin O’Toole, who was then veterans affairs minister, spearheaded the campaign to have him recognized in parliament alongside Baker. The bronze relief, which was commissioned by the former Conservative Durham MP Erin O’Toole as a memorial to the fallen MP was erected in November 2018.
  • Memorial– A prominent Uxbridge lawyer, Sharpe was first elected to the House of Commons in 1908. When war broke out he raised a battalion of men from around Durham Region and led them into such famous battles as Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and Avion.  Lt.-Col. Sharpe, who was a sitting MP when he was sent home from the battlefield with a diagnosis of nervous shock and ended up committing suicide at his Montreal hospital. Due to the manner of his death, and the lack of understanding of mental injuries at the time, Sharpe’s name was virtually erased from history. The story has been revived in recent years as a cautionary tale around the military’s past treatment of mental injuries suffered by soldiers. A life-size statue of the soldier by Wynn Walters was erected on the corner of Brock and Toronto streets in downtown Uxbridge in 2018.
  • Building– Durham Region put in a request in 2015 with the Attorney General to rename the Durham Region Courthouse after Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Sharpe. In 1915, Sharpe, then a major, raised the 116th Battalion while second in command of the Oshawa-based Ontario Regiment. The new regiment, which saw action in Belgium and France, was made up of more than 1,100 men from Ontario County – much of which is now Durham Region.
  • Memorial– A bronzed relief of Lt.- Col. Samuel Sharpe by Tyler Briley in 2015, was erected in 2018 in the foyer outside the House of Commons to commemorate the former MP and recognize all Canadian veterans struggling with psychological injuries. During construction, which is expected to last up to 10 years, the statue will be on loan to the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Centre of Excellence at Ottawa’s Royal Hospital.
  • Photo of Samuel Sharpe– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of Samuel Sharpe– 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.
  • Group Photo– Group Photograph of the Officers of the 116th (Ontario County) Battalion.  Published prominently in the Toronto Star on January 5th, 1918.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Calgary Herald. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Source:  The Globe, Toronto, Friday, May 10, 1918
  • Newspaper clipping– THE CALGARY DAILY HERALD MAY 25 1918
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper Clipping Part 1.  The Globe, Toronto, Monday, May 27, 1918
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper Clipping Part 2.  The Globe, Toronto, Monday, May 27, 1918
  • Newspaper Clipping 2
  • Newspaper Clipping– EDITORIAL The Globe, Toronto, Monday, May 27, 1918
  • Honour Roll– "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", 1921.
  • Press Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Osgoode Hall War Memorial

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