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Enlisted Personnel, World War One - T, U and V

Tamblin, Nelson Henry:
Born Peterborough, Ontario Sept. 17, 1888. Moved to Kaladar township after marriage. Occupation, stonemason. Had four years of training in the Peterborough militia. Enlisted January 8, 1916, at Flinton. Served in 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. #835265

Taylor, D.B.:
Said to have been born Napanee, the son of James Taylor. At outbreak of war, was living at Woodstock, Ontario, where he enlisted in the 168th Battalion in 1916.

Taylor, William Daniel:
Born Amherst Island. Farmed near Stella. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058458

Templeton, Charles Perry:
Born at Napanee, 1884. Attended Queen's University at Kingston, and graduated as a physician and surgeon. At the outbreak of the war, he was practising in Brandon, Manitoba. He was one of the first to enlist, and his prior experience training with the 21st Cavalry (Field Ambulance) cleared the way for him to go overseas with the First Contingent (September, 1914). He was with the medical team serving the Canadian corps in France and Belgium for over four years and was present at many violent engagements. He was mentioned in the dispatches four times and was wounded in the forehead by shrapnel. Dr. Templeton was awarded the D.S.O. by King George V. After the war, he returned to his practice in Brandon.

Thiebot, Peter Lewis:
Born 1881 on Guernsey, Channel Islands. Sent to Canada as an home child. Lived with Amos Snider family near Wilton and worked for them as a servant and farm labourer. Enlisted in the 80th Battalion on September 11, 1915. #219449

Thompson, Aca Vincent:
Born at Harlowe, Frontenac county, 1890. Worked in Kaladar township. Enlisted at Flinton. #835369

Thompson, Azel Ira:
Born Bath, Ontario, son of David Thompson. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058450

Thompson, Benjamin:
Born Kaladar, 1887. Lived Northbrook. A farmer, with previous military training with 47th Regiment. Enlisted December 1915 with 146th Regiment. # 835190

Thompson, Clarence:
Born Odessa, 1897. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058457

Thompson, Claude Leigh:
Born Odessa. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058456

Thompson, Elijah:
Born at Harlowe, Ontario, in Frontenac county, but was working in Kaladar township in 1916. He enlisted at Flinton with the 146th Battalion. Taken on strength with the 20th Battalion, which whom he served in France and Belgium for eight months, surving Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele. He was wounded several times, but twice severely. He received a bad wound in the left leg, and lost part of his left arm. Elijah Thompson was invalided home in March of 1918. #835116

Thompson, George Oliver:
Born June 24, 1894, at Slate Falls, Denbigh township. Son of Theodor Thompson. Occupation before enlistment, "operator". Enlisted October, 1915. #500719

Thompson, Harvey S.
Harvey Thompson was born at Tamworth in 1874 and was a lumberman by trade. He enlisted in the 146th Battalion in 1916 and trained at Valcartier. He was very fit, but his age was a concern. He did not go overseas and was discharged seven months after he enlisted. Undaunted by rejection after discharge he returned to a rugged life and became a trapper in the North. #835295

Thompson, H. J. [Harry J.?]:
Of Enterprise enlisted in the 146th Battalion. If this is the Harry on the 1901 Camden census, he was born October 10, 1898. Nothing more known.

Thompson, L. A.:
Wilson says that L.A. Thompson of Napanee was in the 3rd Special Service Corps, but no record of this man has yet been found.

Thompson, Manley:
Born in Whitney, Ontario in 1891. A labourer. Lived near Northbrook. Enlisted in 257th Battalion in 1917, but was transferred to the Railway Corps. #1042805

Thompson, Norman:
Of Northbrook, a labourer, enlisted in Brockville in 1915. The 1901 census shows his date of birth as May 7, 1885. His Attestation Paper says May 7, 1886. He enlisted in the 59th Battalion. #454723

Thompson, Percy:
Born Tamworth, 1898. Son of Harvey Thompson. Occupation, labourer. Trained in the blacksmithing trade. Enlisted January 9, 1917 with 254th Battalion. Did not go overseas. #1093244

Thompson, Percy D.:
Born in Richmond township. At age fourteen, apprenticed at a cheese factory near Sillsville. Enlisted in 146th Battalion on January 6, 1916, at age 16 (he lied to the recruiting officer about his age). He described Wm. H. Thompson as his father, but this was actually his uncle, who had adopted him. Went to Valcartier to train. Taken on strength with the Princess Patricia Light Infantry in the autumn of 1916. Fought on the front lines in France. In August, 1918, the Princess Pats were deployed at Arras. They were sent "over the top" under heavy German fire. Percy Thompson was with a small machine gun crew. "We were running, carrying our 28-pound machine guns, firing all the time, yelling and panting for breath, our mouths open like dogs' mouths when they are running," he remembered. He was hit three times, leaving crease wounds, then two more bullets struck him in the head. His comrades thought him dead and he lay on the battlefield for three days before soldiers from another unit noticed him. He was evacuated back to Folkstone and then went through a number of surgeries in different hospitals to reconstruct his face. He lost his right eye. Due to the severity of his injuries, he was not discharged until 1920, at which time he was living in a Toronto hospital. He returned to Napanee and eventually found employment at the canning plant, but was never without pain from the war injuries. #835294

Thompson, Schuyler Edwin:
Born Stirling, son of Marshall Thompson. Lived before the war at Tamworth. Conscripted May 16, 1918 at Barriefield and trained with 1st Depot Battalion. #305951

Thompson, William George:
Born in Camden township. Occupation, farmer. Conscripted to First Depot Battalion, and went with them to England to train, but became ill and ended up in the Eastbourne General Hospital. The war ended before he was sent to the front. On return to Canada, he was hired as a railway worker for the C.N.R. #3058650

Thornton, John Elton:
Born at Tamworth in 1888. Occupation, salesman. Enlisted, Kingston in Artillery (3rd Division) in 1915. Rank, gunner. Served in France and Belgium and saw action at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and other battles. The violence and living conditions took a toll on his health, and in January, 1918, the army invalided him out to England where he was found to be suffering from trench fever and severe shell shock. He was sent back to Canada and was unable to work and was admitted for treatment in Kingston. When Rev. Wilson contacted his family, he found that he was living with his parents in Toronto. #304080

Toby, William Franklin:
A.k.a. Tobey. Born in Montreal in 1892. After the death of his father, William Tobey moved with his mother, then Mrs. Ruttan, and two sisters to South Napanee (North Fredericksburgh). Enlisted in 1915 and crossed to England the same year, in charge of an advance company of the 71st Battalion. He qualified as a machine-gunner, was promoted and crossed to France as a machine-gun officer. He served with the 71st, 36th and 49th Battalion. Rank, Lieutenant. In July of 1917, he wrote to his family, "...in the line we do very little work during the day, so consequently we are obliged to be out all night and then we sleep all day... It's very close to fifteen months since I first landed in this bloody country. It seems a long time, but there are many others who have been here much longer than that." Tobey was wounded at Hill 60 on August 15th, 1917. After recovering, he enlisted with the Royal Air Force, and trained with them for three months at the end of the war. Toby's mother was the author whose pen name was "Dorothy Dale".

Tomkins, Percy Joseph:
Attestation papers say that he was born at Newburgh, Ontario, but after the war he said that he was born at Yarker. Farmed near Bath. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. Was training in England when the war ended. #3058463

Tomkins, Thomas Wesley "Tommie":
Attestation papers say that he was born in Ernestown township, but after the war he said Newburgh. Farmed near Bath. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918, to 1st Depot Battalion. Sent to England to train in July of 1918 but war ended before he was sent to the front. #3058462

Toner, George Clive:
Born in Kingston in 1898. Lived for a while with his brother in Strathcona. Occupation, labourer. Enlisted in Kingston March 30, 1917 at age 18. #2157505

Travers, Richard Geris Harris:
Born in St. Thomas, Ontario circa 1878 but lived nine years in Napanee before enlisting. Married Napanee widow, Deborah Shibley, in 1908. Occupation: bank manager. Enlisted in 39th Battalion with rank of Captain. Taken on strength with 2nd Battalion. Saw action in France for two years including the Raid of January 17, 1917; Vimy Ridge and Arleux-en-Gohelle which was taken by the Canadians in 1917. He was gassed once and was involved in fighting for over two years. On return to Canada, he resumed his job as bank manager at Napanee.

Travers, William:
Born in London, England, but lived in Napanee for twelve years before enlisting. Attended Gretna Public School. Before enlisting, he had a job as a munitions worker. He was sent to England with the 156th Battalion in 1917 and was in several actions in France and Belgium. At Messines Ridge (Belgium) in July, 1918, while repairing trenches, he was struck by shrapnel and wounded in right arm and leg. He was invalided out to Eastborne Hospital, in England, and then sent home to a veterans' hospital in Toronto for vocational training. #639135

Trepanier, W.: Of Flinton. Enlisted with 146th Battalion. Nothing further known.

Trickey, Helen:
"Miss Helen Trickey of Yarker worked for twelve months in the Munition Plant at Napanee, and when it discontinued the manufacture of shells at the end of the war she took a course in massaging and served as assistant in the Military Hospital at Kingston for a year and a half." (War Work of Lennox and Addington)

Trumpour, William Earl:
Born in Napanee. After public school, he apprenticed as a file-maker (tool-maker?) and was living in Port Hope when he enlisted, December 27, 1914 with the 39th Battalion. He was taken on strength with the 13th Battalion, R.H.C. and after training in England, was sent to France in November, 1915. Trumpour saw so much action that it was little short of a miracle that he survived. He was at Ypres, St. Eloi, Sanctuary Wood, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Arleux-en-Gohelle and Le Fresnoy, Lens, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Amiens, Monchy, Le Preux, Drocourt-Queant Line, Canal du Nord and Cambrai. He was wounded twice and gassed once. For bravery at Hill 70 while carrying messages, he was awarded the Military Medal and Bar. He was discharged in March, 1919. After the war, he decided to take advantqage of government programs in Kingston and train as a machinist. #412642

Turpin, A. H.:
Of Enterprise. Enlisted in 146th Battalion. Nothing further known.

Unwin, Frederick Phillip:
Was serving in the British Army in India in August 1914 when war was declared. He was attached to the Tigris expedition under the command of General Townsend. At Ctesiphon he was severely wounded and lay on the battlefield for three days before being rescued and taken to a military hospital at Bombay. He thus narrowly avoided being captured by the Turkish army and taken to a Turkish prison, where so many of the men on this expedition perished.

Unwin, Harold Wallace:
Born Plumstead, England, 1884. Emigrated with his family to a farm near Conway. Occupation in 1914, "conductor". Brother of William Unwin. Enlisted in Queen's Own Rangers, June 4th, 1915. Trained at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sailed for England October, 1915 and to France in February, 1916, where he was taken on strength with the 2nd Battalion. Promoted to Lieutenant. Fought in a number of engagements between February and September 22nd, 1916,when he lost his life at the Battle of Courcellette. He is buried in France in the Albert Communal Cemetery Extension. # 404907

Unwin, Lawrence Bertram:
Born in Kent, England, in 1891. Emigrated with his family to a farm near Conway. Occupation in 1914, accountant. At the outbreak of the war, he was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal. He enlisted immediately and crossed to England with the First Contingent. In England, he was promoted to Corporal. On the battlefields in France, he was promoted to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and finally to major, and was awarded the Military Cross. On the death of his second brother in September, 1916, he was granted compassionate leave to return to Canada to comfort his parents. In April, 1917, he crossed the Atlantic again, and was sent to Witley Camp to train new recruits. He rejoined his battalion in time to accompany them into Germany. After surviving the violence of the war in one piece, he had the bad luck to break his leg during a game of football. #2194

Unwin, Valentine William Wallace:
Born Kent, England, 1886. Emigrated with his family to a farm near Conway. Occupation in 1914, "motorman". Had previous experience with in the 4th Worcestershire Regiment. Enlisted in 47th Regiment with rank of Corporal. Crossed the Atlantic on same ship as his brother, William David Unwin and went with him to France in February,1915. (Was the officer who sent his brother on the mission which ultimately cost him his life.) Fought in numerous engagements in France for two years. Promoted to Lieutenant. Mentioned in despatches on five occasions. Awarded Military Medal for bravery. His brother's death continued to trouble him, and he was given leave, and then an honourable discharge in June of 1917. However, as soon as he felt able, he re-enlisted with a tank battalion. He was sent to England, promoted to Sergeant, but the war ended before he could get back into action. #2365824, #8599

Unwin, Victor Phillip:
Born in England. Emigrated with his family to a farm near Conway. Occupation in 1914, farmer. Once eighteen, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force, and began training at Camp Rathbun. He was one of the men sent to Texas for further training. As it did not seem that he would be sent to Europe, he secured a discharge in 1918 to help his family with the harvest. He then re-enlisted in Toronto, but the armistice was signed before he was sent overseas. #2366003

Unwin, William David:
Born England. Farmed in South Fredericksburg, near Conway. Enlisted Kingston with 2nd Battalion and went overseas with First Contingent. Went to France, February, 1915. Killed at Langemarck (Second Battle of Ypres) while manning a telephone outpost, April 24, 1915. May have died during German gas attack, first time that Germans had used gas on the Allies and the soldiers were not prepared. Body never found. Name appears on Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). #8154

Vanalstine, Harold:
Born Napanee 1885, but at age 20 moved to the Hamilton area, where he found work as a barber. Enlisted with the 4th Battalion in 1915 (Toronto). Served overseas in Belgium and France with the Canadian Artillery, and was with combat forces for over two years. He was at Sanctuary Wood, Hooge, the Somme, Courcelette, Mouquet Farm (Pozieres Ridge), Regina Trench, Vimy Ridge, Le Fresnoy, Lens and Hill 70 and survived, but with damaged health. He was sent back to Canada in June of 1918, and after discharge resumed his occupation as a barber, this time in Toronto. #83109

Vanalstine, John Maxwell:
Born in Newburgh on December 1st, 1898. Occupation, labourer. In September, 1915, he tried to enlist in Napanee (Attestation #219437) where he lied about his age. However, he was found out. In December, 1915, he travelled to Kingston and tried again. This time he succeded and was accepted for the 4th Battalion. He went overseas in 1916. #2835203

Vanalstine, Karl:
Born Newburgh, 1895. Lived Napanee. A plumber. Drafted at Barriefield, May 6, 1918. #3058282

Vance, Edmund:
Born near Flinton. Farm labourer. In 1915, was working in Chisholm Mills, Ontario. Enlisted in 146th Battalion at Flinton, December, 1915. #835181

Vandervoort, Wilber Charles:
Name is sometimes spelled Vandevoort in the records. Born Belleville, 1893. Grew up in Napanee. Occupation, lineman. In August 1914, was employed in Toronto by the Bell Telephone Company, repairing the lines. He enlisted September 18, 1914, with the 48th Highlanders (C Company). Went overseas with First Contingent. Sent to France, and was stationed at Langemarck, which is on the northern edge of what would be known as the "Ypres Salient". Promoted to rank of Lance Corporal while in France. Died during the Second Battle of Ypres. Killed during the first gas attacks by the Germans between April 23rd and April 25th, 1915. Body not found. Name appears on Ypres Memorial, Menin Gate. #27410

Vandewater, William Clarence:
Born Centreville in 1892, but as a teen-ager, taken by his family to live in Toronto. Sister, Mrs. Ada Thompson, remained in Napanee. Soldier's occupation: grocery clerk. Enlisted 1916 in 12th York Rangers. Went overseas and saw action in Belgium and France, and was promoted to rank of Corporal. Awarded the Good Conduct Badge by his commanding officer, Major MacDonald. Wounded by shrapnel in the foot and shell-shocked. After discharge, returned to Toronto. #778779

Vanluven, Egerton Ronald:
Attestation papers say that he was born in Yarker, but his parents said Moscow. Lived Napanee. Occupation before enlisting, chauffeur and motor mechanic. Enlisted 1916, 15th Army Medical Corps and was assigned to the Field Ambulance Depot. #536009 Received honourable discharged on compassionate grounds due to the death of his brother. Re-enlisted #3058284

Vannest, Floyd:
Born Moscow, Ontario. Farmed near Enterprise. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. Sent to England to train but did not go to the front. #3058402

Venton, Percy Edgar:
Born Ernestown township. Farmed near Odessa. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058470

Vilneff, Phillip John:
Enlisted 146th Battalion on March 21st, 1916. Trained in Kingston then Barriefield then Valcartier. Sailed for England September 28, 1916, landing at Liverpool. Stationed at Didcot, then taken on strength with 95th Infantry Battalion and sent to Seaford. Assigned as a "driver" and given responsibility for a team of horses. Travelled to Shorncliff and then to France, landing on the 16th day of December 1917, going to Aspell as part of the mechanical transport group. Was at the Somme. Later transferred to a tank division and saw action at Arras. After the armistice, remained in the army of occupation. Returned to England (Bramshott) in March of 1919, and to Canada in May of the same year. #835774

Vrooman, Percy Ham:
Born in Yarker but spent his youth in Napanee. Was at the Royal Military College in Kingston, where he enlisted with the rank of "gentleman cadet" in 1916. Volunteered for the Indian Army. Attached to 53rd Sikhs; also 33rd Queen Victorias Own Light Cavalry. Also was a "Special Service Officer" attached at one time to Mysore Imperial Service Lancers. Served in India, Egypt, Palestine, Syria. Received commission of 2nd Lieutenant from RMC. Was promoted to Acting Captain in the field. Took part in General Allenby's advance in Palestine. In 1921, he was still in military service with Indian Cavalry as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. #1125

Vrooman, William Oswald:
Born at Odessa in 1899. Enlisted in Kingston February 23rd, 1916, while still a student, at the age of 16. Accepted for the 146th Battalion. #835626

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