Canada’s first aerodrome opened in 1915 under the direction of J.A.D. McCurdy. Situated on land that would become the Lakeview Generating Station, the Long Branch Aerodrome and Flying School was used by the Royal Flying Corps to train aviator-cadets for combat in Europe.
George Collier Draper came from Montreal and enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps in Toronto on July 23, 1917. He was 26 years old and a Civil Engineer for Miscellaneous. His wife Dorothy and baby son George stayed in Montreal.
While there are no details about where he took off, there is at least one report of Flight Lieut. Draper flying loops and stunts over Erindale!
Streetsville Review, 7 February 1917
Draper also had to contend with engine trouble. Thankfully, he survived his unorthodox landing without injury!
Lieutenant-Colonel Agar Adamson (PAMA, William Perkins Bull fonds, series 8, file 970)
Lieutenant-Colonel Agar Adamson was described by William Perkins Bull, in From Brock to Currie, as “one of Peel’s most famous warrior sons”. Agar Stewart Allan Masterton Adamson was born in Montreal 25th December 1865, the son of James Adamson and his wife, Mary Julia Derbishire, and the grandson of Church of England clergyman, William Agar Adamson. Agar grew up in Ottawa where his father was a clerk of the Senate and he too served as a clerk in the Senate. While they lived in Ottawa, Agar joined the Governor–General’s Foot Guards in 1894 and served with the Strathcona Horse in the Boer War 1900-1901. According to his officer’s declaration he joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 1914, joined them in England later that year, was promoted to captain and embarked for France in February 1915.