Wednesday 6 July 2011

Lieutenant Thomas Sargent Owens

Born on 20 June 1889 in Montreal, Quebec - husband of Mrs. Dorothy H. Owens, Ottawa, Ontario - son of Thomas P. Owens, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment on 2 August 1915: trade as advocate; single; currently a member of the 5th Royal Highlanders of Canada; no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 6 feet 1.5 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; gray eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 73rd Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 2 August 1915 - discharged from the 73rd Battalion in April 1916 - joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 14 April 1916 - appointed acting captain while "specially employed" on 7 November 1917 - relinquished rank of acting captain "on ceasing to be specifically employed" on 3 December 1917 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a lieutenant on 4 April 1918 - died on 11 August 1918 of wounds received that day - buried in Crouy British Cemetery (grave V.C.9), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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