Friday 28 September 2012

Corporal William Francis Tomlinson, MM

Born on 18 July 1893 in Toronto, Ontario – son of Samuel Tomlinson, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; gray eyes; black hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 23 April 1915 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410420) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – wounded on 22 or 24 February 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 April 1917 – struck off strength to England in order to be commissioned 17 May 1917 – commissioned as a lieutenant – later served in the 7th Reserve Battalion and 6th Reserve Battalion.

Awarded a Military Medal – no citation – unit recommendation date unknown: “For bravery in the field”.

(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; 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))

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