Private Thomas Henry Baron

Regimental Number:
27163
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
17th Reserve Battalion
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
No
Enlistment Date:
September 18, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
24
Enlisted at:
Valcartier, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
Civilian Occupation:
Labourer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
October 13, 1918
Age at Death:
28
Cause of Death:
Died of Illness
Battle Died/Wounded:
Wounded May 23, 1915 at Festubert
Burial:
Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Plot:
405
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
July 8, 1890
Next of Kin:
Elizabeth Baron, mother. 133 Langford Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Place of Birth:
Blackburn, Lancashire
Country of Birth:
England
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Church of England
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
34 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference:
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
15th Battalion
B Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
17th Reserve Battalion
Private
Canadian Infantry
15th Battalion
B Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
17th Reserve Battalion
Awards and Decorations
Notes

Son of Thomas Baron and Elizabeth Baron (nee Lawson); younger brother of Lawson Baron (Service No. 138004) and Robert Baron (Service No. 55579), and older brother of Albert Baron (Service No. 285360) and Harold Baron (Service No. 228436)

The shrapnel wound that he suffered on May 23, 1915 resulted in the loss of his right eye. Discharged Medically Unfit. In September 1917, two years after being discharged from the service, he was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis

Thomas Baron is buried at buried at Prospect Cemetery, St. Clair Av. West, Toronto, Ont.  A special Veterans' plot was set aside in this cemetery in 1917 to be used for returned soldiers.  This was a project of the cemetery and the Great War Veterans' Association. The first interment in this plot was made on August 5th, 1917.  (Toronto Star - Sept. 14, 1917).

A Cross of Sacrifice is central to the Veterans' plot at Prospect. This Cross was unveiled on Sunday June 4th, 1922. (Toronto Star - June 3, 1922).

Baron's gravestone (see attached photo) is marked:

15th BATT.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
PTE. THOMAS BARON
GASSED & WOUNDED AT FESTUBERT
DIED OCT. 13, 1918
AGED 23 YEARS

Note:  Although Thomas Baron's gravestone indicates that he was gassed and wounded at Festubert (1915), and he died shortly before the war's end, he is not listed on the CWGC register of the Canadian Virtual Memorial.

This is worth following up on to see if he can be added.

Research Notes

15th Battalion Nominal Roll

Source:  M. I. Pirie