Monday 1 October 2012

Private Thomas Townsend

Born on 11 June 1898 in London, England – brother of Mrs. Mable Whitford, London, England – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 2 inches; chest of 32.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, on 23 May 1916 (number 634147) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 9 or 10 August 1918 – died on 2 September 1918 of wounds received that day – buried in Tigris Lane Cemetery (grave II.B.2), 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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