Tuesday 4 September 2012

Lance-Corporal Sidney Ernest Thomas

Born on 16 September 1893 – next of kin listed as Mrs. Nellie Hathaway, Toronto, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cheesemaker; single; no current or previous military service; Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; fresh ruddy complexion; blue eyes; light hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 17 May 1915 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 10 June 1915 (number 410638) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – invalided sick to England on 1 December 1916.

(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)

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