Thomas Richey Caldwell, OBE



Mar 21, 1889

Born at Lanark Ontario


Nov 9, 1914

Sworn into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Captain

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas B Caldwell, (father) of Lanark Ontrario

Ø      Occupation given as “Manufacturer”

Ø      Replied yes to currently belonging to the Active Militia but no unit specified

Ø      Religion given as “Congregationalist”

Ø      “ZU” branded on right forearm


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Mar 27, 1916

Granted leave to April 5, 1916


Apr 5, 1916

Granted leave until April 14, 1916


Jun 13, 1916

Buried by shell explosion with a resulting a severe contusion to right arm and forearm


Jun 16, 1916

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with severe wound to arm


Jun 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven and admitted to Royal Free Hospital, Grays Inn Road


Posted to General List


Jun 28, 1916

Medical Board at 86 Strand St., London 

Ø      Wounds to arm are noted

Ø      Right arm is still swollen

Ø      Declared unfit for any service for 1 month 

Discharged from hospital


Jul 6, 1916

Medical Board at CCAC Shorncliffe 

Ø      Suffering from shock and Haematoma of right arm

Ø      Considerable swelling of right arm

Ø      Declared to be unfit for any service for one month

Ø      Noted that he has urgent private business in Canada 

Leave granted to August 6, 1916 

Address while on leave to be 39th Reserve Battalion


Jul 7, 1916

Embarked the SS Missanabie for Canada



Aug 6, 1916

Leave extended to September 6, 1916


Sep 7, 1916

Reported from leave and attached to 39th Battalion 

Medical Board at 19 Westbourne Gardens Folkestone 

Ø      Suffers from shock (from shell explosion) and Haematoma to right arm

Ø      Still nervous and does not sleep well

Ø      Declared unfit for General Service for 2 months, but fit for Home service


Nov 9, 1916

Medical Board at CCAC Shorncliffe 

Ø      Finds him to be recovered

Ø      Declared fit for General Service


Jan 4, 1917

Ceases to be attached to 39th Battalion on transfer to 6th Reserve Battalion


Jun 23, 1917

Assumes duties of OC, 6th Reserve Battalion


Jun 25, 1917

To be Acting Lieut Col while in Command of 6th Reserve Battalion


Aug 7, 1917

Brought to Notice of the Secretary of War for valuable service in connection with the war 

To be Temporary Major while Commanding a Battalion, London Gazette 30221



Nov 8, 1917

Married, wife’s address given as Military Hospital at Eastbourne, Old Town, England


Aug 13, 1918

To be in command of Bourley Wood Segregation Camp


Oct 3, 1918

Ceases to be in Command of Bourley Wood Segregation Camp


Jan 1, 1919

Received the Order of the British Empire, London Gazette #31097



Jan 15, 1919

To be Temp Lieut Col, London Gazette #31431


Jun 23, 1919

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion and TOS EORD and attached to No 3 Regimental Depot Group at Seaford


Aug 3, 1919

SOS EORD, embarked the SS Metagama at Liverpool for Canada and TOS MD No 5.



Aug 14, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec and SOS the CEF on being demobilized


May 7, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal delivered to Perth Ontario 


Nov 2, 1956 Died at Orillia Ontario

St Andrew's - St Jame's Cemetery
Orillia ON


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