Arthur George St. John Toms

KIA September 15, 1916


The above item and photo are taken from The Memorial of The Great War, published by the Bank of Montreal and supplied by Marika Pirie


Summary of Service Record



May 22, 1895

Born at Eastbourne, Sussex, England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59994 (temporary number 582)

Ø      Next of Kin given as Florence Toms (mother) of Flixton Vicarage, Bungay, Suffolk, England

o       Later changed to Mr AA Toms (father) of No 1 Richmond Villas, Rutland Glebe Ave., Hunstanton England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 ½ years Officer Training Corps

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       Later transferred to the Machine Gun Section


Mar 29, 1915

Awarded 15 days detention, offence not recorded


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


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 9, 1915

Admitted to No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Bailleul with a contusion to right thigh, caused by an accident while he was in charge of a Machine Gun limber traveling on the Dickebush road going to La Clytte


Oct 11, 1915

Transferred to No 25 General Hospital, Etaples


Nov 21, 1915

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital, Camiers


Nov 26, 1915

Discharged to Base Details at Etaples


Nov 29, 1915

Transferred to Base Depot at Rouelles


Dec 24, 1915

Discharged to unit


Dec 25, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jul 14, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with “knee trouble”


Jul 31, 1916

At duty from hospital


Sep 15, 1916

Killed in Action


Commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial 

This indicates that either his body was never found, or if found, it was never identified


Sep 4, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to his mother at No 1 Richmond Villas, Rutland Glebe Ave., Hunstanton England


Dec 31, 1920

Scroll sent to his father at the address above


Aug 9, 1921

Plaque sent to father at the address above


Oct 20, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to father at the address above 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Arthur Toms being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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