Thomas Blowing

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 8, 1895

Born at Mill Hill, Hendon, London, England


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59074 (temporary number 982)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Adele Blowing, mother, of 9 Wardell St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the “Depot Company”


Dec 8, 1914

The 21st Battalion payroll records him as being in prison on this date. 


Jan 1, 1915

The 21st Battalion payroll records show him as being in detention for the month of January.  I can find no record of a Court Martial for or other evidence of misconduct


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


Jul 29, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Mill Hill with an accidental wound to his hand and arm.  After being treated, he was granted sick leave the same day until August 2, 1915.  It is interesting to note that this is in the same neighborhood that he grew up in.  His address on leave was not far from the hospital.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 5, 1915

Admitted to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with influenza, and the same day was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No 6 CFA, at Locre


Dec 15, 1915

Transferred to the North Midland CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Mont-des-Cats


Dec 23, 1915

Discharged to duty


Feb 15, 1916

Attached to the CORCC (Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps) for duty


Mar 13, 1916

Admitted to the No 5 CFA diagnosed with Laryngitis


Mar 14, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No 6 CFA


Mar 17, 1916

Discharged to duty


Jul 22, 1916

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line near the Voormezeele Switch in Belgium


Sep 28, 1916

Admitted to the No 4 CFA diagnosed with a concussion and transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to No 21 CCS with a concussion


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred to No 9 CFA diagnosed and Bronchitis is added to the diagnosis


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to No 54 RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) hospital


Oct 19, 1916

Transferred to the No 5 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Abbeville and influenza was added to the diagnosis


Oct 23, 1916

Transferred to the No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeau and indigestion is added to the diagnosis

The above is from the Toronto Star, October 26, 1916


Nov 10, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 17, 1916

Discharged to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Nov 24, 1916

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 28, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Dec 12, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Bully Grenay


Dec 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jan 14, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 17, 1917

Ceased to be attached and placed back on the roll of the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

At duty from leave and rejoined the Battalion near Calonne


Feb 17, 1917

Returned to the 21st Battalion after attending the Trench Mortar Course


May 9, 1917

After first being reported as missing in action after an attack on enemy lines at Fresnoy, he was later declared to have died on this date.  Because his body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge France 

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Jos. Blowing, at 959 Logan Ave., Toronto, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Adele Blowing, at the same address


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