Thomas Carruthers

May 3, 1888

Born in Carlisle, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59144 (temporary number 742)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Ellen Carruthers, wife, 19 Kings Arms Lane, Carlisle, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cooper

o   Later noted as Rubber Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

His brother William Carruthers MM attested into the battalion on the same day

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 4, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters to be employed as a Trench Warden


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia Shell Shock


Apr 25, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 CFA.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 4 CFA


Apr 28, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Mont des Cats for treatment


May 6, 1916

Discharged to duty with the 21st Battalion from the Division Rest Station


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on and capture of the heavily defended sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Carruthers received severe shrapnel wounds to his right shoulder that shattered his Scapula bone.  He was first admitted to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station.


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, Birmingham where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle


Dec 18, 1916

Transferred to the Venice St., Auxiliary, 1st Western General Hospital in Liverpool


Dec 23, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings for light duties


Feb 4, 1917

Admitted to the No. 8 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Hastings, Sussex with his wound draining.  X-rays show a large piece of shrapnel remaining near his humerus bone


Feb 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Apr 4, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Apr 9, 1917

During the capture of Vimy Ridge, his brother William Carruthers  MM received a wound in his left leg that required an amputation and eventual return to Canada for discharge


May 9, 1917

Thomas was attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending his return to Canada


May 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Jun 7, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Jun 11, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City notes that shoulder wound is causing a 10% Permanent Disability and he should receive further treatment in a convalescent home


Jul 4, 1917

Admitted to the Fleming Convalescent Home in Ottawa and transferred to the Elmhurst Military Convalescent Home in Kingston to be treated as an Out Patient


Jul 17, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Suffers from weakness of right arm and hand, the result of a compound fracture of scapula caused by shrapnel

Ø  Scapula is almost immobile

Ø  Limited movement of right arm

Ø  Board recommends a further 3 months of convalescence


Nov 1, 1917

Admitted to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home as an In Patient


Dec 1, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent home


Dec 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 21A Grafton Ave., Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 21A Grafton Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Aug 15, 1924

After a visit to his homeland, Thomas embarked the SS Montcalm in England



Aug 22, 1924

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

Thomas Carruthers was reported in the Communiqué to have died in England in 1934


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