Thomas Murray

Sep 25, 1892

Born in London, Ontario to John Wallace and Maria (nee Ryan) Murray


Mar 14, 1917

Attested into the No. 2 ASC (Army Service Corps) Training Depot, CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Number 514173

Ø  Next of kin given as John Murray, father, 652 Piccadilly St., London, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Baptist


Once attested, he proceeded to Toronto, Ontario to begin training and assigned to the 12th Regimental Draft of the depot


Apr 11, 1917

The 12th Regimental Draft CASC TD embarked the SS Carpathia in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the CASC TD (Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot) in Shorncliffe


May 14, 1917

Transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 25, 1917

After complaining of poor eye sight, he was sent to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne for an eye exam.  A slight astigmatism was discovered, but he was declared fit for regular service


Sep 13, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Murray joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 14, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he joined the 21st Battalion that was in billets also in Villers au Bois


Nov 3, 1917

In the early morning hours the 21st Battalion moved into the front lines at Passchendaele, Belgium.  The enemy almost immediately mounted an attack with both artillery and storm troopers.  48 hours of fighting ensued and Private Thomas Murray was killed overnight November 3-4.  He was later buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Murray, 90 Sterling St., London, Ontario

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

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