Lorne Franklin Thomas



Apr 6, 1897

Born at St John New Brunswick


Mar 31, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444614 (number was initially A44614, but the “A” was later changed to a “4”

Ø      Next of kin given as Edwin Thomas (father) of 243 Brussells St., St John New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      Previous military service given as 62nd Regiment in Canada for 1 year

Ø      Religion given as Baptist


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England


Apr 11, 1916

Will made out leaving estate to his mother, Mrs Edwin Thomas at 241 Brussels St, St John New Brunswick


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived a Canadian Base Depot at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 12, 1916

Attached to 4th Field Company, Canadian Corps of Engineers for duty


Dec 16, 1916

Ceases to be attached to 4th Field Coy on return to 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1917

Killed in action at Hill 70

Because his body was either never found, or if found, never identified, he is Memorialized on the monument at Vimy Ridge France

St John Daily Telegraph, Friday, September 7, 1917


Sep 15, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the Plaque, Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to the family, first at 241 Brussels St, then at 243 Brussels St, St John New Brunswick




British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mrs Edwin Thomas at 241 Brussels St, St John New Brunswick (date not in the file supplied)



Photos supplied by Terry McCormick and reproduced with permission

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