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Place of Birth: Whitewell, Yorkshire
Service No: 418731
Regiment / Corps / Service: Canadian Infantry
Battalion / Unit: 'C' Coy 42nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
Division: 3rd Canadian Division
Date of Death: 1918-03-10
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: G.W.V.A. 16.
CWGC Cemetery: TORONTO (PROSPECT) CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)
William Tommas (born 22 February 1878) was the son of John and Ann Maria Tommas, née Moore. John, a widower, married Ann in 1876; he was born at Tosside, Yorkshire and Ann at Burnley, Lancashire.
1881 Bowland Forest (Lower Division) Yorkshire Census: Higher Whitewell - Willm Tommas, aged 3 years, born Bowland Forest L.D., son of John and Alice [sic] Maria Tommas.
1891 Bowland Forest (Lower Division) Yorkshire Census: Higher Whitewell - William Tommas, aged 13 years, born Bowland, Yorkshire, son of John and Ann Maria Tommas.
1901 Blackpool, Lancashire Census: 45, Warley Road - William Tommas, aged 23 years, born Whitewell, Yorkshire, son of Hannah [sic] M. Tommas, widow.
William was married to Esther Cunliffe in 1901.
William attested for the Canadian Army at Montreal on the 24 April 1915. He was invalided to Canada after serving in France and died of erysipelas and pneumonia at Spadina Military Hospital, Toronto.
William is commemorated on the Blackpool War Memorial and by a memorial inscription in St Helen's Churchyard, Waddington, on the gravestone of his sister, Hannah Marion Tommas. (When seen in 2018, the gravestone had been laid flat for safety reasons).
Canadian service records: http://www.baclac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef
Data Source: Memorial Inscription on Family Gravestone
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Canadian Infantry
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Canadian Division
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