Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Private T. W. Burn - 778517

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Thomas William Burn of Mimico was born on June 2, 1887 in Hexham, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Eva Burn, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a shoemaker and had no previous military experience.  He was 28 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  

He was a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops when he died of pneumonia at the Military Hospital in Ripon on February 2, 1919.  He was buried in the Hexam Cemetery in England.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website notes that he was the husband of Eva Burn, of Macdonald St., Mimico, Ontario.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinist living on the north side of Macdonald Street, Mimico.

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