Aubrey Sidney Gomme

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 20, 1892

Born to George L and Hanna Julia (nee Walker) Gomme at Ilmere Buckinghamshire England


Dec 18, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion at London Ontario 

Ø      Number 124570

Ø      Next of kin given as George Gomme, father, of Towersay Thame, Oxfordshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

His current address was given as Blenheim Ontario


Feb 2, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital in London diagnosed with Laryngitis


Feb 11, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the RMS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Jul 6, 1916

The 70th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Sep 10, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 1, 1916

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Albert


Oct 6, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion as they reached Albert on their way out of the front line trench and on their way to billets in Bouzencourt


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Gomme was killed during the attack at Vimy Ridge

Ecoivres Military Cemetery
Mont St-Eloi, France



Post war, the following were sent to his uncle, John J Walker, at Channor Wallingford, Oxford England

British War Medal
Victory Medal

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, George Gomme, at Towersey Thame, Oxfordshire, England.  The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs HJ Gomme at the same address.


Above is a memorial tablet in the Ilmer Buckinghamshire England church and below is a tablet in the church at Towersey Thame England

Below are 2 photos of the memorial at the Blenheim Ontario Legion

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