Russell James Thompson, MM



Dec 30, 1885

Born at South Monaghan Township, Ontario


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59974 (temporary number 1075)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Henry Thompson (father) of Bailieboro Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jun 17, 1915

Transferred to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 25, 1915

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Ketteridge 59546, who was promoted


Apr 21, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Jones, 59521 who was promoted


May 15, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 24, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to shoulder, legs and lungs then transferred same day to the No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux


Sep 22, 1916

Surgery performed at Wimereux to remove shrapnel balls


Sep 25, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre while in Hospital 

Admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe Norwich


Nov 20, 1916

Transferred to the No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield Park East Denham, Buckinghamshire where he was employed in light duties at the hospital


Dec 21, 1916

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for PT (Physical Training)


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 9, 1917

Placed On Command to 3rd CCD at St Leonard’s Hospital at Seaford


Apr 12, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


May 25, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 28, 1917

Arrived at 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jul 22, 1917

Reported sick and sent to the Division Rest Station suffering from the effects of his previous chest wounds


Jul 25, 1917

Admitted to No 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Jul 29, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from hospital


Aug 2, 1917

Attached to the Town Major at Sain en Gohelle for duty


Aug 30, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt CB Anderson, 124304, who had been promoted


Sep 2, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from duty at Sain en Gohelle


Dec 19, 1917

Posted to the Canadian Labour Pool


Dec 22, 1917

Transferred to the 74th Company, CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps)


Feb 23, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30540



Jun 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jul 3, 1918

Rejoined the 74th Coy from leave


Sep 26, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt


Nov 10, 1918

Confirmed in rank of Sgt


Mar 16, 1919

Posted to the BDCFC (Base Depot Canadian Forestry Corps) at Sunningdale England


May 14, 1919

Posted to MD #3, Canadian Camp, Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 20, 1919

Embarked the HMT Regina at Liverpool



May 28, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 277800

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Bailieboro Ontario


Sep 26, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Bailieboro


Dec 26, 1954

Deceased at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto

From the February 1955 issue of the Communiqué, the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association

Little Lake Cemetery
Peterborough ON

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