Category Archives: surname T

Private Charles Philip Taylor

Private Charles Philip Taylor served in the Royal Marines Light Infantry during World War One and with the Royal Marine Police after the war. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the Royal Navy Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, the Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal

He was born in Swanwick, near Southampton, Hampshire on October 4th, 1892.

He enlisted into the Royal Marines on June 15th, 1909. His trade was farm labourer
Height: 5’ 6”          Eyes: Brown           Religion: Church of England

He passed his swim test on April 18th, 1910.

He was attached to the Portsmouth Division on November 10th and embarked on the H.M.S. Crescent (cruise) on April 5th, 1911 and served on that ship until September 15th.

He served on the H.M.S. Cambrian (cruiser) from December 11th 1912 to January 14th 1914.

He served on the H.M.S. Venerable (battleship) from July 28th, 1914 to November 4th, 1918.

HMS_Venerable

Picture of H.M.S. Venerable

From October 27th, 1914 to October 30th, she was attached to the Dover Patrol for bombardment duties in support of Allied troops fighting on the front, and bombarded German positions along the Belgian coast between Westende and Lombardsijde On 3 November, H.M.S. Venerable was detached to support the East Coast Patrol during the Gorleston Raid, then returned to the 5th Battle Squadron.

The 5th Battle Squadron transferred from Portland to Sheerness on 14 November to guard against a possible German invasion of the United Kingdom. The squadron returned to Portland on 30 December.

H.M.S. Venerable bombarded German positions near Westende from March 11th 1915 and May 10th. On 12 May, she was ordered to the Dardanelles. From 14 August to 21 August, H.M.S. Venerable supported Allied attacks on Ottoman Turkish positions at Suvla Bay.

In October, H.M.S. Venerable arrived at Gibraltar for a refit. Emerging from the refit in December, she transferred to the Adriatic Sea to reinforce the Italian Navy, serving there until December 1916. She then returned to the United Kingdom, arriving at Portsmouth Dockyard on December 19th, where she was laid up. In February and March 1918 H.M.S. Venerable was refitted there as a depot ship, and she moved to Portland on 27 March to serve as a depot ship. She was attached to the Northern Patrol through August, then to the Southern Patrol from September to December.

He received the Good Conduct Chevrons for 1914-15-16 and 1917.

He received the 1914-15 Star on July 12th, 1920.

He received his British War Medal and Victory Medal on September 14th, 1921.

He embarked on the Queen Elisabeth on June 10th, 1922 and served onboard until August 13th, 1924. During that period the ship was deployed with the Atlantic Fleet.

He was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on November 29th 1925 and the gratuity was awarded on December 1st.
He embarked on the H.M.S. Revenge (battleship) on August 14th, 1924 and served onboard until January 4th, 1927. The ship was part of the Atlantic Fleet.

HMS_Revenge_WWII

Picture of H.M.S. Revenge taken during WW2

From January 4th, 1927 until his discharge, on October 3rd 1931, he served at port. On his discharge, he was then transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve.

He joined the Chatham Division of the Royal Marine Police on December 19th 1931 and served until his final discharge in June 20th 1943. He served for 34 years with the Royal Marines.

His Defence Medal and War Medal were sent to Royal Marines Police office in Portsea, Portsmouth

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Nursing Sister Addie Allen Tupper

Nursing Sister Addie Allen Tupper served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is one of a few women who died while serving in the Canadian Army for her country at war. She is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

According to her enlistment form, she was born on October 13th, 1870 in Yartmouth Nova Scotia. But it seems she lied about her age when she enlisted, she was born in 1859 (source of this information to be confirmed)

She enlisted on September 24th, 1914 in Quebec, Quebec with the 2nd, Canadian General Hospital.

Height : 5′ 4″     Weight : 120 lbs.          Religion : Baptist

On enlistment she was a widow.

Hospitalized for six weeks on May 28th, 1915 she had pain in both legs

She was still sick on August 10th, 1915 she received another one month for convalescence

She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd class on June 3rd, 1916 (London Gazette 29608)

Posted at the Canadian Convalescent in Hillingdon on November 8th.

Admitted at the Canadian Convalescent Hillingdon on December 9th, 1916. Reported dangerously hill on admission. She died of a pneumonia on December 9th 1916 at the Canadian Convalescent Hillingdon at the age of 46.

Her medals along with the Memorial Plaque and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to her mother Mary E. Trefry in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

She is buried in Uxbridge Cemetery (Hillingdon), Middlesex, United Kingdom.

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Pictures of Nursing Sister Tupper gravestone

Picture source – Veterans Affairs Canada website

Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner

Nursing Sister Amy Madeline Alice Turner served in the Army Nursing Service Reserve with the British Army during the Boers’ war. She is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal (no clasp). It is very difficult to have information on her military service because Nursing Sister were not considered military personnel but rather civilian, so they had no service file.

She was born in Bham, Warwickshire, England on November 2nd 1872

1881 United Kingdom census taken in Westfield Bellevue Road, Harborne, Staffordshire, England

Her father was a coal merchant and they had one servant Elizabeth Greaves

1891 census taken in Ombersley Worcestershire

Father: George Thomas Turner (born 1848)             Mother: Emma (born 1849)

Sister: Elsie Emma A (born 1872)                             Sister: Mignon A (born 1882)

She completed her nursing education at the South Staffordshire Hospital in Wolverhampton.

June 1900: She joined the Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service Reserve 41 as # 600 to serve in the Boer’s War.

She sailed from England on June 27th, 1901 on the Assaye. They left Southampton in the afternoon with 34 nurses (from London Times)

August 8th: Reported at the 3rd General Hospital in Kroonstad, South Africa

May 1st, 1902: The Simla left South Africa for England Apr. 27, with the following invalids … Nursing Sister A.M.A. Turner (from the London Times)

May 22nd: The Simla arrived at Plymouth yesterday and then sailed for Southampton. The following were listed Nursing Sister A.E. Turner (from the London Times)

1910: She married John Hearn

1974: She died at the Brookfield Hall Nursing Home in Broadclist, Devon at the venerable age of 102 in the second semester (April-May-June) of the year.

In an entry of the London Gazette of July 29 th 1974, the post-nominal M.B.E. appears after her name, so I guess she received the award at some point in her life but I cannot find a trace of that award.

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Queen’s South Africa Medal with no clasp

Reuben Traveller, British Royal Navy Ship Boy serving Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar – Urban Legend or not

The St-James Cemetery in Hull, Quebec (now Gatineau) is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city and has many of its founders buried there. One of its residents is Reuben Traveller. The local oral history mentions him as sailor in Admiral Horatio Nelson fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. His story has been repeated many times in the local media, each time with a different twist.

A few years ago, as curiosity, I decided to inquire a little more about this man and see if he was really at Trafalgar. As an amateur historian I know it is very easy to distort the truth when it comes to history and it is often hard to come with hard evidence to prove a fact. In this situation, I think a small interpretation gave birth to a story that is getting away from what is the real story. Sometime if you repeat something many times, it does become the “real” story in the minds of the people even if it’s not the real truth.

Reuben Traveller was born February 20th 1788 in England and died February 14th, 1861 in Otawa, Ontario.

The local legend around him probably started about the interpretation of the inscription on his gravestone. The first sentence read like this “When Nelson fought at Trafalgar and fell, this Ship Boy was afloat in active service”

Picture of the inscription on Reuben Traveller gravestone and his gravestone.

The poem on the stone never mentions that he was at Trafalgar but what it most probably means is that he was serving in the British Royal Navy somewhere else at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The second argument in favor Mr. Traveller not being at Trafalgar is; members of the British Royal Navy who served there received the Naval General Service medal with the clasp “Trafalgar”. A medals roll of every medals recipient’s name was produced at that time. That roll still exists today and modern paper copies are available. I did ask some medals collector who do have copy of that roll if Reuben Traveller name was on that roll and the answer was, NO.

So with these facts in mind, I doubt very much that Reuben Traveller was with the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar. He probably did serve in the Royal Navy but during that famous battle.

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Private Richard Rowland Thompson

A few years ago I was surprised and very pleased to discover that this gentleman was buried in a cemetery close to where I lived. I was surprise to see that someone who did such brave actions for his country was so unknown and buried in a cemetery almost forgotten by everyone. The cemetery is so small and in a remote area that I passed three times in front of the entrance before noticing the small sign of the cemetery. Today, they’ve replaced it with a larger sign that is much easier to see from the road.

Private Richard Rowland Thompson fought during the Boers’ War and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa medal with the clasps Paardeberg, Driefountain and Cape Colony. For his action he was also awarded the Queen’s Scarf. His medal and the scarf are at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

He was born in Cork, Ireland in 1877

He completed his secondary schooling at Cork’s Model School in 1892.

From 1895 to 1897 he studied for a medical degree at Queen’s College in Cork, where he was apparently a keen football player but an indifferent student. There is no record of his having written a single examination and college authorities referred to his “very bad attendance” at lectures.

After leaving university, he immigrated to Canada.

Private Richard Rowland Thompson enlisted as a medical assistant in the Royal Canadian Regiment on October 18th, 1899 in Ottawa, Ontario. His enlistment number was 7552. The battalion left for South Africa on November.

Picture of Richard Rowland Thompson

Trade: Medical Student       Single        Religion: Anglican

Hair: Light Brown        Eyes: blue        Height: 5’6”     Weight: 129 lbs.

February 18th to the 27th: He was at Paardeberg, the Royal Canadian Regiment took part in its first battle, during which he showed notable courage offering assistance to wounded comrades. On the 18th he remained seven hours in an exposed position maintaining pressure on the ruptured jugular vein of Private James L. H. Bradshaw. Nine days later he went across 200 yards of bullet-swept ground to reach a wounded soldier. On finding that the man had died, he walked back to his lines in defiance of the enemy fire.

The 3 pages letter written by Lieutenant-Colonel William D. Otter recommending Private Thompson for the Victoria Cross.

His recommendation was unsuccessful. Letter of refusal for Private Thompson Victoria Cross

Instead, he became the only soldier from Canada to be awarded the Queen’s Scarf. The Queen’s Scarf was designed and crocheted by Queen Victoria and was given to men did an act of bravery on the battlefield in South Africa. Although it was never part of the British Honour and Award System and was not a higher decoration than the Victoria Cross, the scarf was given to men in order to mark their brave conduct on the battlefield. Only eight Commonwealth soldiers received such an honour.

Picture of the Private Thompson Queen’s Scarf

He was invalidated to England on July 31st, 1900 and discharge on October 30th in Quebec City, Quebec. He suffered of sunstroke followed by rheumatism.

He went back to South Africa the next year as a Lieutenant in the South African Constabulary, a position he kept less than a year before accepting employment with DeBeers Consolidated Mines at Kimberley, South Africa.

August 6th, 1903: He received his Queen South Africa Medal

He married Bertha Alexander, Cape Town, South Africa who he had met her in Canada in 1898. She sailed to South Africa to join him. His stay with DeBeers was also brief. He suffered a fatal attack of appendicitis in 1908 he was in Buffalo, New York. The 43rd Regiment (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) gave him the full military honours at his funeral in Ottawa, after which he was buried at Chelsea, Quebec, and then largely forgotten for many years.

In 1956 a journalist from the Winnipeg Free Press, R. S. Malone got interested in his story and published his story reviving the story of this gentleman.

Letter received from Canadian War Service Records by the Winnipeg Free Press

Article published by R.S. Malone in the Winnipeg Free Press of November 10th, 1956

Picture of Richard Thompson grave in Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery in Chelsea, Quebec.

A plaque in english at the cemetery entrance commemorating Private Thompson

A plaque in french at the cemetery entrance commemorating Private Thompson

Private Thompson gravestone

On a final note, 24 May 1965, at a special ceremony on Parliament Hill, his nephew, Samuel F. Thompson, presented to the people of Canada through their representative, Governor General Georges-Philéas Vanier, the khaki scarf that commemorates Thompson’s gallantry. The scarf is now at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Picture sources – Library and Archives Canada – Canadian War Museum

Private Leslie Tucker

Private Leslie Tucker served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory medal. His enlistment number was 457748.

Born on November 24th, 1896 in London, England

Trade : electrician     Religion : Baptist         Status : single

Height : 5’3″      Eyes : grey       Hair : light brow   Weight : 116 lbs

1901 UK Census : Listed as living in Willesden, Middlesex, United Kingdom

He moved to Canada

1911 Canadian census Listed as living in Saut-au-Recollet ward, Laval, Quebec with his parents

Enlisted on July 5th , 1915 in Montreal in the 60th battalion (Victoria Rifles). Sailed from Montreal on August 27th, 1915 onboard the ship SS Scandinavian. He was part of the reinforcing draft. His money was deposit at the Montreal Bank in Places d’Armes in Montreal.

Father : George         Mother : Marie    Address : 3675 Boyer, Montreal

Embarked for overseas on February 20th, 1916. Arrived in France on the 22nd.

Transferred to the 14th battalion on April 15th.

June 2nd to the 3rd : Battle of Mount Sorrel. The battalion was at rest in the rear lines on June 2nd. They were brought ot the front line under the cover of the night late June 2nd. The attack was scheduled at 2:00 am on June 3rd but because of the confusion they launched their attack only at 8:17 am June 3rd.

Hospitalised at the 8th Canadian Field Ambulance from September 5th  to September 19th for a furanculosis at the testicles.

September 24th to 28th : Battle of Somme : The 14th battalion attacked Kenora Trench

Hospitalised at the 8th Canadian Field Ambulance from October 9th  to October 18th for a furanculosis at the testicles.

April 9th to 14th 1917 : Battle of Vimy Ridge : The battalion was brought up to the front line in the night of April 8th and were issued ammunition, bombs and 48 hours of ration.

August 15th to 20th : Battle of Hill 70 : The attack was launched at 4:30 am and the battalion reached its first objective one hour later.

Hospitalised at the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance from September 18th to September 24th, 1917 for a Purexia of Unknown Origin

October 31st to November 10 : Second battle of Passchendaele

August 8th to 11th 1918 : Battle of Amiens. He was wounded at the left shoulder on August 11th, the last day of the battle and hospitalised until August 19th.

August 26th to 30th : Battle of the Scarpe

September 2nd to 3rd : Battle of Brocourt-Queant line

September 27th : Battle of the Canal du Nord : In the morning of the 24th, the battalion entrained at Arras and proceeded to Bullecourt, detraining at 6:15 pm on September 25th. They reached their attack position on the night of the 26th. Before the attack the Germans shelled them with gaz, the attack was launched on September 27th at 5:20 am and they reached the opposite bank of the Canal du Nord before 6:00 am on the 27th. They reached the village of Sant-Laz Marquion at 7:30 am and before 8:00 it was cleared from Germans. They hold that line ofr the next two days.

October 1st : Battle of Cambrai : The attack was launched at 5:00 am on October 1st. He was wounded a second time on October 2nd.

Promoted Lance Corporal on March 24th, 1919.

Sailed from England April 10th onboard the Carmania, arrived in Canada on April 18th. The unit paraded in Montreal on the 20th and Leslie Tucker was demobilised on April 21st.

After the war,  he lived in Montreal. His name appears for the first time in the Lovell Montreal Directory in 1924. He listed as an electrician working for Bell Telephone Canada. He lived at several addresses in Montreal 3531 Berri (1924-1925), 8061 Boyer(1926-1929), 8152 Chateaubriand (1930-1931) 8163 Boyer (1935- 1937), 653 Jarry (1938) and 8106 De Gaspé (1943-1944). All these addresses are in the same sector on the city of Montreal, so he never moved far from that part of the city probably because he was working close to that sector . His name was not in the directory from 1939 to 1942.

At the same time, one of his fellow comrade from the 60th battalion, Arthur William Dalby, (click here to see his story) was also working for the Bell Telephone Canada company and living in the same city sector as him. I wonder if they still met on a regular base after the war.

1944 : Died – The 1945 Montreal Lovell directory list her widowed wife living at his 1944 address. In 1938 he was living with a man named Ed Brodeur but by 1943 no other man was living with him. He probably got married between 1938 and 1943. After his death, his wife lived there for a few years with a person named White. I do not know if it was a man or a woman, probably a man. In 1948 another man, E J Ryan, moved with her. In 1949, Mr Ryan was listed as living at that address, probably meaning that Leslie Tucker widow had married a second time with Mr Ryan.

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WW1 medals pair

Nurse Dorothy Pearson Twist

One of the few Canadian woman who died during the Great War while serving at the front

She served as a nurse with the Canadian Voluntary Aid Detachment (Canadian). Unfortunatly there is no service file for her but she would at least been entitled to the British War Medal and her parents most probably received the Memorial Plaque and the Memorial Scroll.

Her service number was 82/T/118

Daughter of Pearson Gill Twist and Julia Twist, of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia

Died on September 26th, 1918 at the age of 29 from pneumonia (influenza)

Buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire, United Kingdom, AG. 374