Frederick Toomer

Feb 4, 1886

Born in Bath, England to Henry Francis and Charlotte Matilda (nee Ball) Toomer

His father died in Somerset, England in 1898


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Welland, Ontario

Ø  Number 141790

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. H. Wheeler, Sutton Scotney, Wicheldven Hants, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment and 3 years in the 4th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Nov 5, 1915

The battalion left the Niagara Camp for winter quarters

“A” Company proceeded to Collingwood, Ontario

“B” Company proceeded to Orillia, Ontario

“C” Company and “D” Company were quartered in the Armouries in Barrie, Ontario


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 30, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Toomer joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Micmac Camp near Dikkiebus, Belgium


Sep 16, 1916

The 21st Battalion, along with the remainder of the 4th Canadian Brigade, was deployed to capture the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France as their contribution to the Somme offensive.  The battle began on the morning of the 15th and lasted for 3 days, with the battalion suffering devastating losses.  Private Frederick Toomer received a bullet wound and was evacuated to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he died of his wounds.  He was buried in the nearby Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. C.M. Toomer, 1 Albert Place, Combe Down, Bath, England


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