Thomas Francis Elmitt, D.S.O.

LCol Elmitt LCol Elmitt

 

 

NOTE:

Commanded the 21st Battalion from May 9, 1917 to July 6, 1917

 

Nov 9, 1914

Attested at Kingston ON 

Ø     Birth date given as “1871” at Ottawa ON

Ø     Next of Kin given as Thomas Elmitt

Ø     Occupation given as “Lumber Merchant”

Ø     Previous service given as 43rd Regiment – 15 years and the Governor General’s Foot Guard – 3 years 

NOTE: This file copy of the attestation paper is stamped as an “ORIGINAL” while the copy that is posted online with LAC is stamped as a “DUPLICATE”.  Of note is his height.  On the original it is stated as 5’ 5½” while on the duplicate posted online, his height is noted as 5’ 8½”.  A medical report dated 5 months later gives his height as 5’ 10½”. 

Also of note is the eye colour noted on the “Duplicate” is “Dark Brown” while a medical report done on July 28 1919 states his eye colour as “Dark Grey”, and the “Original” leaves not only that line, but the complexion and hair colour blank.  The “Duplicate” notes a Dark complexion.

 

Feb 9, 1915

Promoted to Major

 

Apr 20, 1915

Medical report at Kingston ON – of significance his height is stated as 5’ 10½” (the original attestation paper states his height as 5’ 5½”)

 

May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec

 

  

May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone

  

 

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France

 

Mar 20, 1916

Proceeded on leave

 

Apr 1, 1916

Granted 2 extra days leave

 

May 28, 1916

Granted 10 days leave then extended to June 8, 1916

 

Jun 28, 1916

Slightly wounded in the field

 

Oct 14, 1916

Detached to General List Headquarters, Canadian Training Depot, Shorncliffe on proceeding to England for Staff Course at Aldershot.

 

Jan 7, 1917

TOS on having returned from course at Aldershot

 

May 9, 1917

To be Acting Lieut Colonel while Commanding Battalion – London Gazette No 30152.

 

Jul 6, 1917

Relinquishes Acting rank of Lieut Col on ceasing to Command the Battalion.  London Gazette No 30253. – Granted 10 days leave

 

Jul 18, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave

 

Oct 28, 1917

SOS 21st Battalion and posted to EORD Seaford for duty with Canadian Forestry Corps

 

Oct 29, 1917

TOS Base Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps, Sunningdale and placed under command of 52 District HQ and is subsequently SOS the Base Depot CFC the same day. – To be Temp Major – London Gazette No 30593

 

Oct 30, 1917

Ceases to be under the command of No 52 District of the Canadian Forestry Corps and Taken On Strength of 132 Coy of the Forestry Corps.

 

Nov 23, 1917

TOS No 52 Dist.

 

Dec 28, 1917

Mentioned In Despatches by Gen Sir Douglas Haig – London Gazette # 30448

  

 

Jan 1, 1918

Awarded Distinguished Service Order – London Gazette # 30450

  

 

May 31, 1919

Posted to Headquarters of CFC from 132 Company.

 

Jul 3, 1919

SOS HQ Coy on posting to Base Depot, CFC

 

Jul 25, 1919

TOS CFC RD from 52 District CFC

 

Jul 26, 1919

Attached from Officer’s Pool “0” Wing to “M” Wing

 

Jul 27, 1919

SOS “M” Wing pending return to Canada

 

Jul 28, 1919

Medical Report at Witley Camp England –  

Ø     Noted as being a member of the Canadian Forestry Corps

Ø     Of significance his height is noted as 5’10½” and his eye colour is noted as “Dark Grey” (his original attestation papers do not mention his eye colour, while the copy that LAC has posted online states his eye colour as “Dark Brown) – it is also recorded that he had suffered from Small Pox as a child.

 

Aug 21, 1919

TOS “R” Wing from “M” Wing

 

Aug 23, 1919

TOS R Wing at Witley

 

Sep 3, 1919

SOS to the CEF Canada

 

Sep 6, 1919

Embarked SS Minnekahda  at Tilbury for Canada and TOS CEF Canada, District Depot No 11.

  

 

Sep 14, 1919

Disembarked SS Minnekahda

 

Oct 6, 1919

Struck Off Strength District Depot No 11. – General Demobilization

 

Jan 20, 1920

Certificate of Service states: 

Ø     Rank – Major

Ø     He served in Canada, England and France with the 21st Battalion, the General List, the CTD (Canadian Training Depot) at Shorncliffe, the Eastern Ontario Regimental Training Depot, the CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps) Sunningdale, 132nd Company CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps) Carlisle, and #11 District Depot.

Ø     He was Struck Off Strength October 6, 1919 because of General Demobilization.

Ø     He was wounded June 28, 1916

Ø     He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order January 1, 1918.  London Gazette #30450

Ø     He was brought to the notice of the Secretary State for War for valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in the field, December 28, 1917

 

Feb 25, 1938

Deceased at Ottawa Ontario

  

Beechwood Cemetery

Ottawa Ontario

 

 


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