Thomas Walter Murphy




Oct 11, 1897

Born at Ottawa Ontario Canada


Apr 1, 1917

Attested into the 5th Divisional Ammunition Column at Ottawa Ontario with rank of Gunner 

Ø      Number 2043074
next of kin given as James Murphy (father) of 528 Bay St., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Apr 6, 1917

Particulars of Family Form filed: 

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Father alive – James Murphy of 528 Bay St., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Mother alive – Elizabeth Murphy of 528 Bay St., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      No children


Jun 27, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Bombardier (artillery equivalent to Corporal)


Jul 1, 1917

Promoted to rank of Bombardier


Jul 3, 1917

Granted leave until July 9, 1917


Aug 15, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant


Aug 28, 1917

Admitted to Petawawa Hospital with Diarrhea


Sep 4, 1917

Recovered and discharged to unit


Sep 7, 1917

Granted leave until September 12, 1917


Sep 12, 1917

Leave extended to September 17, 1917


Oct 17, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 74th Depot Battery at Ottawa and reverts to rank of Gunner


Oct 20, 1917

SOS on transfer to the Signal Training Depot at Ottawa and rank changed to read Pte


Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) at Seaford


Dec 19, 1917

TOS 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 15, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the PPCLI


Apr 12, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS PPCLI


Apr 15, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Le Havre


Jun 5, 1918

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Joined 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 


Aug 10, 1918

Admitted to the 8th Australian Field Ambulance then transferred to No 53 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with wound to left hand


Aug 11, 1918

Transferred via No 23 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Aug 12, 1918

Admitted to No 16 General Hospital


Aug 22, 1918

Discharged from hospital to the No 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport France


Aug 25. 1918

Discharged from Convalescent depot on transfer to CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and assigned to “A” Company for rehabilitation


Aug 31, 1918

Arrived at CCRC


Sep 3, 1918

Left CCRC to join unit


Sep 5, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 11, 1918

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 1 CCS with a gun shot wound to left hand


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred via No 17 AT


Oct 13, 1918

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital at Etaples France


Oct 19, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Oct 20, 1918

Admitted to Chester War Hospital


Jan 27, 1919

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Mar 18, 1919

Surgery performed to amputate middle finger of left hand


Jun 19, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Liverpool


Jul 14, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo at Liverpool


Posted to MD (Military District) # 3 at Kingston Ontario


Jul 25, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine USA and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 26, 1919

Posted to QMH (Queen’s Military Hospital) Casualty Company at Kingston Ontario 

Granted leave with subsistence until August 9, 1919


Aug 20, 1919

Transferred to Fleming Military Hospital at Ottawa Ontario


Sep 30, 1919

Transferred to QMH Casualty Company at Kingston Ontario


Oct 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF as Medically Unfit at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 214839

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued No 6533

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge - 528 Bay St., Ottawa Ontario


Oct 28, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 528 Bay St., Ottawa Ontario


There is a note in the file that he is deceased, but no date is recorded.  The following is from the January 1954 issue of the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association’s post war newsletter.  I suspect the article should have said he was in his 55th year, as he was only 54 years old.

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