Thomas McQueen

Aug 13, 1887

Born in Belfast, Ireland


Dec 20, 1908

Married to Georgina Ena Hope Gibbons in Belfast, Ireland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59738 (temporary number 673)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. T. McQueen, wife, Dundas, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Shoemaker

Ø  Previous military experience given as Royal Irish Rifles for 5 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Dec 14, 1914

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Diarrhoea


Dec 15, 1914

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 1, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company and to receive working pay as Shoemaker


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

Thomas McQueen’s wife Georgina, followed her husband and resided in Lyminge, England at first, then moved to Belfast, Ireland for the remainder of the war


Jul 1, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “C” Company

He was later posted to the Quartermaster Section to be employed as the battalion’s Cobbler/Shoemaker


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 18, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Godewaersvelde, France with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Jan 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 23, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jul 27, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 11, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 20, 1917

While assisting a lorry driver on the road between Steenwerck and Bailleul, France, Private McQueen was knocked down by a passing motorcycle and received severe bruising to his right hip and back.  He was evacuated to the No. 7 Australian Field Ambulance for first aid.  Of interest, the motorcycle driver was Private Herbert Henry Harvey, number 9045, an Australian serving with the No. 7 Australian Field Ambulance


Nov 30, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Feb 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 9, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 4th Brigade across the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force.  Once in Germany, the battalion proceeded to billets in Seigburg



Jan 18, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 15, 1919

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Mar 19, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and proceeded to Seaford, England

Granted leave until April 3, 1919 to arrange for his family join him for the journey to Canada


Apr 3, 1919

Posted to the Depot Company of the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


May 13, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 5, 1919

Embarked the SS Tunisian in Liverpool with his wife and 2 children



Jul 15, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 329502

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Dundas, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o General Post Office, Kingston, Ontario

Thomas and Georgina divorced in 1920


Dec 22, 1963

Thomas McQueen died in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario



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