Friday 7 September 2012

Private John Thompson

Born on 3 August 1886 in Ireland – son of Mrs. Susan Thompson, Ireland – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address same Crighton[?], Ontario; trade as blacksmith; single; currently a member of the 97th Regiment; no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 11 inches; chest of 41 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; medium dark hair.

Joined the 159th Battalion, CEF, in Sudbury, Ontario, on 20 December 1915 (number 648887) – transferred to the 119th Battalion, CEF, on 7 June 1916 – taken on the strength of the 58th Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 28 February 1918 – transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, CEF, on 30 April 1918 – rejoined the 58th Battalion on 9 July 1918 – transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 12 or 13 August 1918 – rejoined the 58th Battalion on 9 September 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)

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