Sunday 2 September 2012

Private George McAlpine Thomas

Born on 13 April 1890 in Cornwall, England – husband of Mrs. H.E. Thomas, Ottawa – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as wife; trade as commercial traveller; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 39.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 3 June 1916 (number 246427) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 September 1917 – wounded on 29 September 1918 – invalided to England on 2 October 1918.

(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)

1 comment:

Sarah E said...

This is my maternal great-grandfather :)

His injury was shrapnel to the head. He made a full recovery and was able to return to his family in Ottawa, safe and sound.

Prior to the war, he had two daughters: My Great Aunt Glad and my grandmother Mary Elizabeth. Upon returning from the war, he and my great-grandmother had one more child, a son, my uncle Bud. The family jokes that it took getting wounded in the head to be able to have a son!

Thank you very much for your posts and helping to keep the memory of these brave souls alive.