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Eric Ogilvie McMurtry

In memory of:

Major Eric Ogilvie McMurtry

April 28, 1917


France

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Flying Corps

Division:

24th Bn

Additional Information


Born:

June 28, 1894
Montreal, Quebec

Enlistment:

October 26, 1914
Montreal, Quebec

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Arthur McMurtry, of Montreal, Québec. Mr. Samuel McMurtry was the treasurer of the Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Limited of Montreal. Major McMurtry attended and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario in June 1914. At the time of enlistment, he was single and had just graduated as a student. He married Amy (née Southam) McMurtry in England during the month of September 1915. Miss Southam was the daughter of F.N. Southam of Montreal, Québec.

Commemorated on Page 287 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BRUAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

F. 28.

Location:

Bruay is a large village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 6 kilometres south-west of Bethune and 26 kilometres north-west of Arras. Leave Bruay on the N.41 heading north towards Berck. Turn right where signposts indicate Lews/Calonne Riquart. After 400 metres turn right again, sign Cimetiere Ouest. Continue up the hill past the miner memorial. The cemetery is found after one kilometre on the right hand side. The Commonwealth plot is in the far right hand corner.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women of London, Ontario (and area) who went to war and did not come home. Remembered on the pages of the World War One issues of the London Advertiser. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Article about the McMurtry brothers.
  • Newspaper Clipping 2– News article which appeared in the Calgary Herald on 1 May 1917.  Major Eric Ogilvie had just joined the Royal Air Corps three weeks preceeding his death.  He was formerly with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 24th Battalion.
  • Photo of Eric Ogilvie Mcmurtry– Taken from the 1914 Stone Frigate Yearbook of the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Photo of Eric Ogilvie McMurtry– 942 Maj Eric Ogilvie McMurtry (RMC 1911-1914) was born 28/06/1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Arthur McMurtry, of Montreal, Québec. Mr. Samuel McMurtry was the treasurer of the Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Limited of Montreal. Major McMurtry attended and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario in June 1914. At RMC, he was the representative on the Dance and Aquatic committees and managed the football team. He was a member of the Stone Frigate Staff and he revived the tradition of a class ring. He was a graduate of McGill University and a well-known figure in amaterur heavyweight boxing. At the time of enlistment with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in 1914 at 20 years of age, he was single and had just graduated as a student. He and two of his brothers volunteered for service in the early days of the First World War. He  married Amy (née Southam) McMurtry in England during the month of September 1915. Miss Southam was the daughter of F.N. Southam of Montreal, Québec. He had a tatoo R.M.C. on his right forearm. He served in the Royal Flying Corps, 24th Battalion. He was killed during the flying in France on Apr 28, 1917 at 22 years of age. He was buried in the Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension F. 28 in Pas de Calais, France. He was commemorated on Page 287 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
The Stone Frigate, 1914 http://www.archive.org/details/stonefrigate191400kinguoft
  • Memorial– Major Eric Ogilvie McCurtry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Arthur McMurtry, of Montreal, Québec. Mr. Samuel McMurtry was the treasurer of the Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Limited of Montreal. Major McMurtry attended and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario in June 1914. He died on April 28, 1917. His name is listed on the memorial arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Grave Marker– Maj Eric Ogilvie McMurtry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Arthur McMurtry, of Montreal, Québec. Mr. Samuel McMurtry was the treasurer of the Ogilvie Flour Mills Co. Limited of Montreal. Major McMurtry attended and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario in June 1914. At the time of enlistment, he was single and had just graduated as a student. He married Amy (née Southam) McMurtry in England during the month of September 1915. Miss Southam was the daughter of F.N. Southam of Montreal, Québec. He served with the 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) attd 16th Sqdn Royal Flying Corps. He died 28th April 1917 at 23 years of age. He was buried in the Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. 
Photograph and details by volunteer/s: David Milborrow
  • Memorial– On the 15 June 1924 a memorial arch was unveiled to honour fallen classmates at the Royal Military College of Canada and was dedicated by the Right Reverend Dr Bidwell, Lord Bishop of Ontario.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– On their 50th anniversary the class of August 1915 have placed this stained glass memorial in Currie Hall at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario to honour their fallen classmates.
  • Newspaper Clipping– This casualty notice appeared in the June 17, 1917 issue of Flight, the journal of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.
  • Action Figure– Royal Military College of Canada cadet memorial doll.
  • Memorial– Memorial Arch, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Memorial– Memorial stairwell, Royal Military College of Canada

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