Thursday 13 September 2012

Private John Thomson

Born on 22 March 1889 in San Francisco, California – son of George Thomson, Banffshire, Scotland – at the time of his conscription in 1918: present address in Ottawa, Ontario; single; Presbyterian; trade as street car conductor; no current or previous military service; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 39 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; brown eyes; auburn hair.

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 11 January 1918 (number 3055978) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 9 or 10 August 1918 – wounded on 2 September 1918 – invalided to England on 6 September 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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