Thomas Dee




On attesting he stated that he did not know where or when he was born, but thought he was 19 years old.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59249 (temporary number 750)

Ø      Next of kin given as Capt. Spencer, 46th Regiment, Millbrook, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “G Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D Company 

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


Jun 19, 1915

Sentenced to 72 hours detention and loss of 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) in addition to the forfeiture of 2 day’s pay


Sep 3, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for AWL


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


May 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Pleurodynia.  He was transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at the 5th CFA


May 14, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Rest Station at Mont des Cats and the diagnosis is changed to read Myalgia


May 21, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 23, 1916

Transferred to the No 23 General Hospital in Etaples and the diagnosis is changed to read Lumbago


Jun 15, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot


Jun 17, 1916

Discharged to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples


Jun 20, 1916

Transferred to the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Jun 28, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Jul 16, 1916

While in the front line trench between Voormezeele and St Eloi Belgium, Private Dee was killed by an enemy sniper and buried in the Ridgewood Military Cemetery, 1 mile south east of Dickebusch

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his foster mother, Mrs. S.A. Slinn, 156 Leam Terrace, Leamington Spa, England. 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Private Dee is honoured on the Millbrook, Ontario War Memorial

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