Samuel Thomas DCM





Oct 25, 1884

Born at Liverpool England


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59969 (temporary number 486)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Emily Thomas (wife) of 516 Chamberlain St., Peterborough Ontario

o       Later shown as Mrs Sarah E Thomas

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lineman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 24th Field Battery and the Imperial Yeomanry, London England, 2 years, 4 months

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Medical shows a scar from a gun shot wound to left shoulder

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

Ø      Promoted to rank of Sergeant

His brother Fred Thomas attested into the battalion the same day 

May 1, 1915

Appointed to CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent.


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in appointment to CQMS


Aug 1, 1915

Granted extra pay as Cook until August 18, 1915 

Note that this was later cancelled with no reason given


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the SS St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Mar 27, 1916

Granted leave until April 4, 1916


Jan 29, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Bronchitis then transferred to Canadian Rest Station at 4 CFA


Jan 31, 1917

Reported for duty from hospital


Apr 24, 1917

Admitted to Stationary Hospital at St Omer, condition NYD (Not Yet Determined), later diagnosed as Myalgia (muscle pain) in both legs


May 16, 1917

Discharged to Base Details and returned to unit


Dec 1, 1917

Promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class and appointed to position of CSM (Company Sergeant Major)


Jul 12, 1918

Awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre by the King of Belgium, London Gazette #30792



Aug 13, 1918

Appointed to position of Acting RSM with pay


Nov 15, 1918

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette #31011



Dec 18, 1918

Relinquishes appointment of A/RSM


Mar 4, 1919

Medical Board at Seaford notes the following: 

Ø      Disease or Injury noted as – Defective Vision

Ø      Condition existed prior to enlistment

Ø      Previous problem with Myalgia

Ø      Recommended for return to Canada


Mar 12, 1919

On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Mar 17, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on sailing for Canada and TOS #3 DD Kingston Ontario 

Embarked the SS Olympic at Southampton



Mar 24, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Mar 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” number 91459 issued

Ø      Reason for discharge – Compassionate Grounds

o       Reason for this not recorded

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 516 Chamberlain St., Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Trade – Telephone Lineman


Apr 26, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 516 Chamberlain St., Peterborough Ontario 


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