Thomas James Edwards, MM



Jul 22, 1893

Born at Woodford Essex, England


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59292 (temporary number 175)

Ø      Next of kin given as BW Edwards (brother) of 186 Lewisham Rd, Kent, England

o       This was later changed to Mill Rose Edwards (sister) of 57 Manwood Rd, Brockley, London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 19, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Nov 12, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 21, 1916

Granted 10 days leave to England


Dec 1, 1916

Admitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley with Influenza 

At first was reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave), but when discovered to be in hospital, this was cancelled and he was TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Dec 7. 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for PT (Physical Training)


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remains On Command to 3rd CCD at Seaford


Sep 4, 1917

TOS Permanent Cadre of 3rd CCD


Sep 5, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt


Sep 11, 1917

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford but remains On Command to 3rd CCD


Oct 5, 1917

Reported to 6th Reserve Battalion and TOS from CCD and reverts to rank of L/Cpl


Sep 1, 1918

Posted to 21st Battalion and same day promoted to rank of Cpl


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and TOS 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 10, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Sep 11, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve and conducting training programs.  He arrived as part of a draft of 50 Other Ranks to reinforce the Battalion


Nov 21, 1918        From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Jan 8, 1919

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp and posted to “P” Wing pending discharge.


Apr 20, 1919

Proceeded to 2nd Canadian Discharge Depot in London for discharge in England


Apr 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at 2nd CDD, London England 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued (number not recorded in file)

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 57 Manwood Rd, Brockley, London England


Jul 3, 1919

Announcement of the Military Medal in the London Gazette #31430



Apr 26, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 57 Manwood Rd, Brockley, London England

Note that the Military Medal has the image of Queen Elizabeth, indicating that this is a replacment for the original



Above he is seen in his WW2 uniform while below is an obituray from the London newspaper reporting his death


Hastings Cemetery
Hastings England
After being cremated on March 24, 1976, he was buried in the circled area in an unmarked plot with his wife


Photos and additional family information supplied by Step-Grandson Brigadier (ret) Alan Pollard
Thank you Alan

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