On coming to Canada he entered the firm of Wadsworth, Unwin & Brown, afterwards becoming a partner. Mr. Sankey, who laid out the new rifle ranges in Toronto, was an authority on military matters, and supplied the Government with special maps, particularly of the Toronto and Niagara districts. He was a major in the Queen's Own Rifles: commanded the Corps of Guides. Resigned his post as City Surveyor, Jan. 20th, 1905. On July 10th, of that year, while engaged on engineering work near Kenora, Mr. Sankey met death by drowning.’
- Landmarks of Canada: What Art Has Done for Canadian History, A Guide to the J. Ross Robertson Historical Collection
Villiers St., just north of Commissioners St., was named after Sankey.
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Plan of the City of Toronto, Signed by Villiers Sankey, City Surveyor, 1902
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