Thomas Cussons

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 19, 1894

Born at Yorkshire England to Donpedro and Catherine (nee Wilson) Cussons


Mar 15, 1913

Embarked the SS Teutonic at Liverpool England



There was also his brother, Mr John W Cussons, age 32, on board the ship.  Both gave their occupations as Farm Labourer, and both were proceeding to Ingersoll Ontario


Mar 23, 1913

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Ingersoll


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675270

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr Donpedro Thomas, father, of Hull Yorkshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

In 2 separate documents, his father is listed as Donpedro Thomas, however the Embarkation Roll for the Battalion shows him as Donpedro Cussons.


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the RMS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 5, 1916

The 168th Battalion was broken up and Pte Cussons was transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Pte Cussons was transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Feb 1, 1917             Transferred to the 21st Battalion

A post card written to his brother the day he proceeded to France


Feb 2, 1917

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


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a group of 68 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion with 19 others to join the 21st Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bois des Alleux where they were carrying out fatigue duties and cleaning themselves and their kit


Apr 9, 1917

His body was initially buried near the trenches but was later exhumed and moved to a permanent cemetery

Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus France


After the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss Amelia Cussons, at 1 Eaglan Terrace, Hessle Rd, Hull, Yorkshire England 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, JW Cussons, at 195 Wellington St, London Ontario


Above is the Ingersoll Ontario War Memorial and below is the Sons of England Memorial, both in Ingersoll Ontario, and both are courtesy of John Sargeant

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