Greer, Thomas Boles

497240_2916549 Lieutenant Thomas Boles Greer was a member of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and served during the First World War in the 198th (Canadian Buffs) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, the 180th (Sportsmen’s) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and the 38th (Ottawa) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. On 21 July 1917 he died of wounds likely received during the capture of Avion Trench.

Thomas Boles Greer was born on 07 May 1884 in Toronto the son of James Greer and Margaret Haliburton. He was married to Mildred Irene Kane and they lived at 13 Westminster Ave, Toronto. Thomas was a clerk with the City of Toronto’s Architect’s Department, stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and was a member of the Church of England. At the time of his attestation he had been a Private in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada for 3 years.

Timeline of Service:

  • 1913 (approx) – enrolled as a Private into the Queen’s Own, Toronto
  • 1916, 01 Apr – Enlistment, Medical Examination and Attestation at the Toronto Recruiting Depot
  • 1916, 03 Apr – Taken On Strength by the 198th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1916, 01 Jul – moved with the battalion from Toronto to Camp Borden
  • 1916, 08 Sep – Taken On Strength by the 180th (Sportsmen’s) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Camp Borden
  • 1916, 08 Sep – Appointed Lieutenant
  • 1916, 28 Sep – prepared a Form of Will leaving his Real and Personal Estates to his wife Mildred
  • 1916, 13 Nov – embarked at Halifax aboard the H.M.T. Olympic
  • 1916, 21 Nov – arrived England
  • 1916, 29 Dec – Taken On Strength by the 38th (Ottawa) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Havre, France
  • 1916, 31 Dec – left for unit in the field
  • 1916, 01 Jan – Assigned Pay of $20.00 per month to his wife Mildred and Separation Allowance of $30.00 per month begins (Assigned Pay later increased to $30.00 per month).
  • 1917, 02 Jan – joined unit in the field – France
  • 1917, 09 Jan – Mildred moves to 718 Bathurst St., Toronto
  • 1917, 15 Jan to 12 Feb – Signal Course – 1st Army School
  • 1917, 28 Feb to 06 Apr – 8th Course (sic) – 1st Army School – In the Field
  • 1917, 07 May – Mildred moves to 87 Indian Road, Toronto
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Vimy Ridge – 09-12 Apr 1917
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Arleux – 28–29 Apr 1917
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Fresnoy – 03-08 May 1917
  • Likely participated in the Affairs South of Souchez River – 03-25 June 1917
  • Likely wounded during the Capture of Avion Trench – 26-29 June 1917
  • 1917, 30 Jun – reported wounded from General HQ with a gunshot wound to his right ankle
  • 1917, 03 Jul – admitted to No.20 General Hospital, Camiers, France
  • 1917, 08 Jul – reported dangerously ill
  • 1917, 20 Jul – reported dangerously ill
  • 1917, 21 Jul – Died of Wounds Received in Action – age 33
  • Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery – reference: XVII. D. 25. – Pas de Calais, France
  • 1917, 01 Nov – pension granted (Mildred had moved to 233 Fern Ave., Toronto)
  • 1918, 01 Dec – Commemorated on the World War One Memorial Tablet unveiled in St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Toronto
  • 1920, 31 July – Mildred received a War Service Gratuity to Dependents of Deceased Soldiers of $120.00
  • 1920, 21 Sep – Memorial Cross authorized (to Mildred only as Thomas’ mother had predeceased)
  • 1921, 19 Feb – Memorial Scroll authorized
  • 1922, 13 Jun – Memorial Plaque authorized

 

  • Commemorated on page 247 of the First World War Book of Remembrance – Ottawa
  • Commemorated in The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada’s Book of Remembrance – Warriors’ Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral – England
  • Commemorated on the Canadian Buffs Memorial, Canterbury Cathedral – England
  • Commemorated on the Employees of the City of Toronto Memorial Plaque – Old City Hall, Toronto

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