Friday 26 April 2013

Private William Thorogood

Born on 29 March 1897 in England – son of Mrs. Louisa Thorogood, Holloway North, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; red hair.

Joined the 126th Battalion, CEF, in Toronto, Ontario, on 13 December 1915 (number 775399) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 – killed in action on 9 April 1917 – name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Thorogood's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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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