Thomas Braden

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 21, 1889

Born in Belfast, Ireland


Jun 19, 1913

Embarked the SS Lake Manitoba at Liverpool, England


Jun 30, 1913

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec, and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Dec 3, 1915

Attested into the 126th Battalion at Brampton, Ontario

Ø      Number 775445

Ø      Next of kin given as Martha Braden, mother, of Belfast Ireland

Ø      Current address given as Cheltenham, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Apr 5, 1916

Sentenced to 5 days detention by the Commanding Officer.  The offence that prompted this punishment is not recorded in the file.


Jun 14, 1916

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 14, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Aug 24, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the 116th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 23, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France, as part of a draft o 162 men arriving from England.  On arrival, Pte Braden was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 18, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Feb 24, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join his unit


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Thelus, France


Aug 15, 1917

During the advance on Hill 70, Pte Braden was killed in action.  Following the battle his body was either not found, of if so, was among those who could not be identified, and thus 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), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Martha Braden, 13 Glentilt St., Belfast, Ireland


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