Friday 14 September 2012

Private William Thomson

Born on 12 May 1892 in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland – next of kin listed as William B. Thomson, Wishaw, Scotland – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as banker; single; no current military service; previously served with an officers’ training corps (four years); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 4 May 1915 (number 411168) – [then] – transferred to the British Army on 19 August 1915 in order to be commissioned.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; 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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