Edwin Isaac Toms

With special thanks to Ross Toms, nephew of Edwin Toms, for contributing photos and the service file from which the information below is taken from.


Mar 18, 1868

Born at Dorset England


Feb 1, 1893

Married to Annette Sexsmith at Peterborough Ontario


Apr 28, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195950

Ø      Next of kin given as Hanna Toms (wife) of 508 Chamberlain St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Trackman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Originally assigned to “C” Company but later is noted as being in “D” Company 

He lied about his age on enlistment, stating that he was born in 1873 as he would have been too old.  On the medical portion of his Attestation Papers, it states that he has had his great toe and part of 1st toe of right foot amputated.  


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain at Halifax



Jul 25, 1916

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


Oct 6, 1916

The 93rd Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion and he was TOS (Taken On Strength) that Battalion


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Nov 18, 1916

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion for conditioning to trench life


Nov 21, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Dec 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line trenches near Marble Arch, in the Bully Grenay area, occupying trenches 230 to 238.  He likely would have joined the rear detail and would not have seen any action until the next trip into the front line


Apr 9, 1917

Received shrapnel wounds to face and back (both flesh wounds) during the fighting to capture Vimy Ridge


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital at Etaples with wounds to face and back


Apr 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 15, 1917

Admitted to the 3rd Western General Hospital at Newport


Apr 21, 1917

Surgery performed to drain abscess on foot and to insert a drainage tube


May 9, 1917

From the Peterborough Examiner newspaper



Jun 15, 1917

Transferred to the CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Bear Wood Park, Wokingham


Jun 24, 1917

Transferred to the CCH at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 18, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Ramsgate


Aug 30, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Nov 8, 1917

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 17, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia at Liverpool



Nov 30, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

Although the dates aren’t recorded, at some point between Halifax and Kingston, he went AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 18 days and this was deducted from his pay on discharge


Dec 20, 1917

Medical Board at Kingston declares that he is overage and in addition the wounds to left foot make him unfit for further service and recommend that he be discharged as Medically Unfit


Dec 22, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at Fort Henry, Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 508 Chamberlain St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Occupation noted as Railroader


Apr 4, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 508 Chamberlain St, Peterborough Ontario


Jun 4, 1949

Deceased at Peterborough Ontario


Little Lake Cemetery
Peterborough Ontario

Obituary from the Peterborough Exmanier newspaper


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