Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Lieutenant Andrew Cecil Meredith Thomson, MC

Born on 9 May 1887 in Quebec, Quebec – son of George H. Thomson, Quebec, Quebec – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lawyer; single; currently a member of the 8th Regiment (four months); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 87th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 21 September 1915 – attached to the 12th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 13 or 14 July 1916 – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 14 July 1916 as a lieutenant – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – attached to the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade, CEF, on 12 March 1917 – seconded as staff captain with the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade from 21 December 1918 to 26 April 1919 – promoted to captain after leaving the 38th Battalion.

Awarded the Military Cross – official citation: “Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday. No citation.” – unit recommendation date unknown: “For gallantry and devotion to duty.”

Awarded a Mention in Despatches – no official citation – no unit recommendation text.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register, www.cwgc.org; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

1 comment:

Topanga said...

He was my grandfather. Thank-you for posting. You can also read his Field Diary here:

http://users.eastlink.ca/~ww1diary/