Thursday 13 September 2012

Private Robert Thomson

Born on 30 December 1892 in Banffshire, Scotland – son of Mrs. Elizabeth Thomson, Buckie, Scotland – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; currently a member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards (two years); no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 8.25 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; light blue eyes; fair hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 1 March 1915 (number 410434) – transferred to the 2nd Battalion, CEF, on 25 August 1915 – killed in action on 1 April 1917 – buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery (grave IV.K.25), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,

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