Thomas Clifford Wilson

Feb 17, 1894

Born in Prince Edward County, Ontario to Alva Burton and Annie Belle (nee Huff) Wilson


Dec 28, 1916

Attested into the 254th Battalion CEF in Picton, Ontario

 Ø  Number 1093179

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Belle Wilson, mother, Hillier, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Banker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Belleville area


Apr 4, 1917

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant


May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


 His rank on the embarkation roll is shown as Sergeant


Jun 9, 1917

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

On disembarking in Liverpool, he was immediately admitted to the Seaforth Military hospital there with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jun 10, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford from hospital


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 199 reinforcements from the base depot


Oct 18, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Wilson joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ourton, France


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front line near Crest Farm and immediately came under an enemy attack.  The battalion suffered severe casualties overnight and into the early morning of the 4th.  Private Thomas Clifford Wilson was among the men killed in action that night.  He was later buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium


 Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss Nellie K. Wilson, RR #1 Hillier, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. A.B. Wilson, Hillier, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. A.B. Wilson, at the same address


Memorial on the family farm at Bloomfield, Ontario in memory of Thomas Clifford Wilson


Thomas Clifford Wilson is also honoured on the War Memorial in Picton, Ontario




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war 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 is the name of Thomas Charles Wilsosn being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

Return to Tribute list