Tuesday 30 October 2012

Private Thomas Edward Smith

Born on 12 September 1897 in London, England - brother of Harry Smith, Bolton, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Macwell, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 3.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; gray eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 9 March 1916 (number 775957) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 28 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave II.A.6), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Smith's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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)

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