Saturday 24 November 2012

Private Thomas Henry Waite, MM

Born on 31 August 1890 in Toronto, Ontario – son of May Waite, Owen Sound, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address same as mother; trade as clerk; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Camp Niagara, Ontario, on 18 June 1916 (number 839127) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 – wounded on 27 August 1917 – invalided to England on 14 September 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 April 1918 – killed in action on 27 September 1918 – buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.4), France.

Awarded the Military Medal – no official citation – unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: “For courageous conduct during operations between Haugard and Hallu Aug 8th to 11th, 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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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