Major Vernon Harcourt de Butts Powell

Major Vernon Harcourt de Butts Powell was one of Appleby's original faculty members, having taught English from 1911-1914. While at Appleby Vernon founded the Appleby Dramatic Club and wrote and directed their first performance entitled "All in Vain" (March 27, 1912). He also wrote and directed the play "Ici on Parle Francais" performed on December 17, 1912. In 1912, Vernon was put in charge of the temporary dormitory located on the north side of Lakeshore Road in the McCraney farmhouse, which the students referred to as "Powell's House". Vernon left Appleby to serve in the Canadian Field Artillery and was the recipient of the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry during the Battle of the Somme. Sadly, he passed away on January 2, 1918 of war wounds. Vernon was the only master to lose his life in the First World War, and his legacy continues to be celebrated and remembered as Powell's House namesake.

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