Sunday 9 September 2012

Honorary Captain Robert Fleming Thompson

Born on 15 October 1888 in Sarnia, Ontario – son of Mrs. J. Thompson, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: single; previously served with the 9th Battery, CFA, as a gunner; Presbyterian; height of 6 feet 1 inch; chest of 40 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; dark eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 4th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF, as brigade chaplain on 5 January 1915 – taken on the strength of Chaplain Services in France on 14 September 1917 – attached to the 38th Battalion, CEF, as battalion chaplain from 17 September 1917 to 15 December 1917 or 10 January 1918.

(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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