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Ladd, Wilbur Hiram

Private, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion (Quebec Regiment)

Service no. 749241
Born July 5, 1882
Died July 5, 1917

Son of Ira M. and Mary I. Ladd, of Coaticook, Quebec, Canada.

Received his B.A. (Classical option) in 1914.

Awarded the Rev. Dr. Abbott Smith’s Prize for Classical Unseen Translation at convocation.

Recipient of the Headmaster’s Prize for Old Testament, as well as Prof. Vial’s Prize for Greek Testament at convocation ceremonies in 1913.

Member of the Churchwarden Club (The Mitre, November 1913, p.13).

Auditor for the Bishop’s University Students Association (The Mitre, November 1913, p.30).

His poem, titled “Autumn,” was published in the November 1913 issue of The Mitre:

Season of barren branches gray,
      Beneath a lowering sky,
Arching along each forest way
      The sodden leaves that lie
Changing by slow degrees to mold,
      Beaten by driving rain,
Bereft of every former gold,
      Or red or saffron stain,

Your early golden days might seem,
      Respite the year receives,
To linger long afield and dream
      Among the tinted leaves,
That now in driven yellow showers,
      With sudden bursts of rain,
Flutter from summer’s ravished bowers
      On dripping sash and pane.

Vandal rejoicing so to spoil
      The fast declining year,
Making the triumph of her toil
      So withered, bare and drear ;
Who grudges you to time’s swift flow,
      Or would your passing stay,
Or mourn when winter’s kindly snow
      Hides you in your decay.

Originally published in The Mitre, November 1913, p.23-24

Burial Information:

Eastbourne (Ocklynge) Cemetery, Sussex, United Kingdom

Grave reference Y. 1499.


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