Thomas Henry Light

Mar 15, 1878

Born in Port Burwell, Ontario to Obed Edoms and Hilda Maria (nee Pettit) Light


Mar 14, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Tillsonburg, Ontario

Ø  Number 675760

Ø  Next of kin given as Maria Light, mother, Port Burwell, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Tinsmith and Plumber

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as church of England

Even though his birth year is recorded on his birth registration as 1878, he gave his birth year as 1877 on attesting

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Jun 21, 1916

Admitted to the London Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Grippe (influenza)


Jun 26, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it was moved to Seaford to train troops for the front


Jan 18, 1917

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Jan 25, 1917

Surgery performed to remove the Hemorrhoids


Feb 9, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 67 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  Shortly after his arrival in France he joined the 21st Battalion at that front


May 9, 1917

While in front line trenches and under command of the 20th Battalion his company came under a heavy enemy artillery attack in the vicinity of Fresnoy.  Private Light received severe wounds to his face, shoulder and left arm.  He was evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 18 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


May 13, 1917

Private Thomas Light died of his wounds while at the No. 18 CCS


May 14, 1917

Private Light was buried in the nearby Lapugnoy Military Cemetery by Rev. R.A. Stewart


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Maria Light, Port Burwell, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Light, at the same address


Thomas Henry Light is honoured on the Port Burwell, Ontario War Memorial



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