Edward Thomas

Jun 31, 1889

Born in Queenstown, Ireland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59965 (temporary number 694)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Cudlip, aunt, Plympton, Devon, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


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


Aug 1, 1915

Transferred to the 18th Battalion at West Sandling and posted to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked for France in Folkestone and disembarked in Boulogne, France and proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 15, 1915

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


Aug 30, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to Paris


Sep 12, 1917

Rejoined the battalion resting in the Villers Camp, Villers au Bois, France


Sep 22, 1918

Transferred to the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) in Witley, England to attend Officer’s Course

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Sep 27, 1918

Attached to the 12th Reserve Battalion in Witley


Dec 19, 1918

Attached to the 3rd Reserve Battalion in Witley

There is no explanation as to why he did not attend the Officer Training Course


Jan 24, 1919

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool



Feb 2, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to London, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 1 and posted to the Casualty Company


Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Cadet

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 82541

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR #3 Paisley, Ontario


Sep 13, 1919

Attested into the Canadian Military Police Corps Permanent Force in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 2779764

Ø  Next of kin given as G. Thomas, brother, Speedwell Hospital, Guelph, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 18th Battalion CEF

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Sep 16, 1919

Posted to the Special Guard, Canadian Military Police Corps in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Mar 29, 1920

Discharged from the Canadian Military Police Special Guard in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 336 Sackville St., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 481 Talbot St., London, Ontario


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