Monday, 3 December 2012

Serving the Empire

When he disembarked from the Regina in Quebec, our great grandfather apparently travelled to Mimico, Ontario to meet his uncle. What else can we learn about T J McALLISTER?

The information that he may have served in the first World War was an important starting point. Library and Archives Canada provides a search engine for details of soldiers of the CEF in that war. It showed 146 men with the surname McAllister served Canada.

Seven were called Thomas McAllister; but only two are indexed as having the names Thomas James. When their attestation papers are examined, one of those two (born in Belfast in 1888) does not use the second James in any of the six places his name is written in full.

That leaves just one Thomas James McALLISTER born July 7, 1879 in Cookstown, Co Tyrone (not Corkstown as previously suggested).

Could this be the brother of our 2xgreat grandfather?

1 comment:

  1. I was reading a spot of Flashman this morning and I learnt that a 'Pioneer Battalion' in this sense wasn't comprised of adventurous first settlers (as I had assumed) but were essentially combat engineers or sappers.

    Would Thomas James have been assigned to a pioneer battalion because of his age?


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