Saturday 8 September 2012

Lance-Corporal Arthur John Tompkins

Born on 20 June 1878 in London, England – husband of Louisa Tompkins, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 3.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 24 March 1915 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410904) – 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 30 September or 1 October 1918 – invalided to England on 8 October 1918.

(Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; 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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