Forwood, Thomas Watt

Captain Thomas Watt Forwood
Captain Thomas Watt Forwood

Captain Thomas Watt Forwood was born October 6, 1886, son of Thomas Weech Forward of Owen Sound and Toronto. He attended Owen Sound School before entering Upper Canada College for a short period from September to December, 1899. After a stint at St. Alban’s Cathedral School, he returned to UCC from September 1901 to June 1903.

He first enlisted in “L” Company of the 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada having previously served in the Upper Canada College Rifle Company.

In his early civilian life he was working part time as a broker at Messrs. Tomenson, Forwood & Co. in Toronto. Thomas married Alice Mary Hope Wigmore, daughter of Alfred S Wigmore and Ellen Cole.

He died 25 August 1950 and is buried in St James Cemetery, Toronto.

Service Record

  •  September 15, 1909 – Enlisted as Rifleman in “L” Coy, 1st Bn, QOR
  • September 22, 1909 – Appointed Provisional Lieutenant
  • October 20, 1913 (?) – Promoted Captain
  • 1910 – Proceeded to England with QOR for Army maneuvers
  • September 1914 – Detailed for duty with QOR Company in charge of Stanley Barracks, Toronto
  • October 1914 – Seconded for active service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force with QOR Company of the 19th Battalion (other source says 20th Bn)
  • October 1915 – Transferred to 58th Battalion and appointed Paymaster and proceeded overseas
  • February 1916 to March 1919 – Served in France
  • 1917 – Mentioned in despatches
  • May (or March) 1919 – Demobilized and transferred to Reserve of Officers, CEF
  • 1920 – Transferred to Reserve Battalion, QOR
  • December 14, 1937 (?) – Retired retaining rank

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