Thomas George Isaac Wagg, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file

 

Mar 12, 1897

Born at Newport, Shropshire England to John and Mary Jane (nee Beard) Wagg

 

Aug 2, 1912

Embarked the Lake Manitoba at Liverpool

 

 

Aug 14, 1912

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Haydon Ontario

 

Nov 18, 1915

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Bowmanville Ontario 

      Number 805165

      Next of kin given as Mary Jane Wagg, mother, of Wellington, Shropshire England

      Previous occupation given as Farmer

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Methodist

      Assigned to “B” Company

 

Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia

 

 

Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp.  On arrival at West Sandling, the 136th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion

 

Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Battalion was absorbed into the newly created 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling

 

Mar 2, 1917

The 6th Reserve Battalion moved to the Seaford Camp

 

May 3, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

May 4, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

 

May 7, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 21st Battalion

 

May 31, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near Neuville St Vaast.  On arrival he was assigned to “B” Company 

There is no explanation as to why it took so long to join the Battalion, but one possible explanation is that the Canadian Base Depot was being reorganized and moving to Etaples from Havre, and he may have been rerouted during that move.

 

Aug 28, 1917

The service file indicates he proceeded on course, however the course type was not mentioned.  It was possibly the Machine Gun Course

 

Oct 2, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course

 

Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364

 

Nov 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge

 

Jan 12, 1918

While on parade at Westrehem, he was presented with his Military Medal by Lieut General Sir Arthur Currie KCB, KCMG

 

Jan 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave

 

Feb 3, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave

 

Sep 2, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl O’Keefe 195182 who had been wounded and invalided to England

 

Oct 11, 1918

Admitted to the No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a bullet wound from a machine gun that passed through his chest.  He was transferred to the No 30 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment the same day

 

From the 21st Battalion War Diary, describing the advance

 

Oct 18, 1918

Transferred to No 22 Canadian General Hospital at Camiers

 

Oct 22, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital

 

Oct 23, 1918

Admitted to the Old Park Military Hospital at Canterbury

 

Nov 15, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom

 

Dec 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)

 

Jan 28, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Mar 7, 1919

Medical Board at Seaford determines that his bullet wound has healed, but makes note that he suffers from Myopia (poor vision) and is declared unfit for further service

 

Mar 14, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing No 3 at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada

 

Mar 23, 1919

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Liverpool

 

Mar 31, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston Ontario

 

Apr 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 91699

      Rank on discharge Corporal

      Proposed residence on discharge Bowmanville Ontario 

After his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Bowmanville 


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