Monday 20 June 2011

Private Thomas John O'Rourke

Born on 2 March 1889 in Ottawa, Ontario - next of kin listed as Mrs. E. O'Rourke, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lather; single; no current military service; previously served in the military (no details); Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 February 1915 (number 410465) - transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 - wounded on 25 or 26 September 1916 - wounded on 6 or 7 November 1917.

Awarded the Military Medal.

Died on 5 November 1925.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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)

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