Thomas Garfield Weese

Aug 7, 1898

Born in Havelock, Ontario


Oct 14, 1916

Attested into the 247th Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Number 1063016

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Jane Weese, mother, Havelock, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Student

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

The battalion trained in the Peterborough area


Mar 20, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft training in Kingston, Ontario


Mar 26, 1917

The 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

After leaving the base depot Private Weese joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 21, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois, France


Nov 9, 1917

The 21st Battalion had moved into the Passchendaele front the previous week and on this date a work party of 200 men was sent out to improve the trenches on the front line.  An artillery shell landed in the midst of the men and a large number were killed and wounded.  Private Thomas Garfield Weese was one of those killed.  His body was not recovered for several days, but when found was buried in a field north of Zonnebeke, Belgium.  When the war ended, his identifiable remains could not be located and his name is now recorded on the walls of the Menin Gate in Ypres for those killed during the war in Belgium and have no known grave.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah Jane Weese, Havelock, Ontario


Thomas Weese is also honoured on the Havelock, Ontario War Memorial



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