Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Murray Gladstone Thomson: WW1 Beechwood Burial

Rank:Sapper
Service No:3499
Date of Death:06/01/1916
Age:18
Regiment/Service: 2nd Field Troop, Canadian Engineers Training Depot
Grave Reference: Mil. Lot 13-14. Sec. 29. 18.
Cemetery: OTTAWA (BEECHWOOD) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Grace Jeanie Thomson (nee White), of Fort Qu'appelle, Sask., and the late William Murray Thomson.
No attestation paper or service file is online. Reference RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9651 - 40
His father, a farmer, came to Canada in 1884 from Scotland. This mother came to Canada in 1889.
He was born on 19 December 1897 and had two brothers, Arthur and Harold, and two sisters Gertrude and Grace. The family were Scottish Presbyterians

Admitted to St Luke's hospital on 4 January 1916 suffering from meningitis, he died due to acute general septicaemia. Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord.
Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease.

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