Thomas William Graham

Feb 9, 1880

Born in Backwith, Northumberland, England

Prior to serving in WW1, Thomas Graham served in the Boer War in South Africa with the 127th Company of the 28th Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry

For his service there, he was presented with the Queen’s South Africa Medal with 2 Clasps, South Africa 1902 and Cape Colony


Nov 4, 1915

Attested into the 36th Battalion CEF in Hythe, Kent, England

Ø  Number 407120

Ø  Next of kin given as Thomas Graham, 145 Westminster St., Gateshead on Tyne, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Leather Finisher

Ø  Previous military experience given as North Imperial Yeomanry

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Mar 6, 1916

Married to Ethel Sally Featherstonhaugh in Bayswater, England with permission of his Commanding Officer


Apr 4, 1916

Proceeded on course to the Machine Gun School


Jun 23, 1916

Transferred to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) in Shorncliffe


Aug 24, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 25, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 107 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private Graham joined the 21st Battalion resting in billets in the village of Zouafques, France and assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on the sugar refinery south of Courcelette, Private Graham received a shrapnel wound to his right hip and buttock and was evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.  After receiving emergency treatment, he was transported aboard the No. 11 AT (Ambulance Train) to hospital


Sep 17, 1916

Transferred to the No. 22 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel


Sep 28, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital in Sheffield

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


Oct 26, 1916

A second surgery was performed to remove more shrapnel and bone fragments


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushy Park


Feb 12, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the Convalescent Depot in Hastings to continue his recovery


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while recovering


Mar 17, 1917

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot in Seaford to continue his recovery


Nov 1, 1917

Attached to the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) Headquarters for duty with the Canadian Red Cross Society in London


Dec 2, 1918

Attached to the Depot Company of the EORD at Witley and remained with the Red Cross for duty


Dec 7, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the OMFC HQ and proceeded to join the EORD in Witley


Dec 23, 1918

Attached to the No. 1 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 4, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool



Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked in St. John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was posted to the Casualty Company at Exhibition Park


Jan 17, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 31, 1919


Feb 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 28 Gillespie Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  To receive treatment as an in-patient under the care of the ISC (Invalided Soldier’s Commission)

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 36 Talbot St., Toronto, Ontario



Mar 12, 1919

Admitted to the North Toronto Hospital with pain in in his right groin and hip that causes him to walk with a limp.  Also suffers from stomach pain after eating.  He also complains of blurred vision and dizziness.


May 22, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Jun 1, 1921

1921 census shows Thomas and Ethel living at 416 Glasgow Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba


Aug 2, 1964

Died in Toronto, Ontario and his cremated remains were placed in a vault in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto



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