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Flintoft, Thomas, Waterdown, Ontario. Medals/Honours: Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) Occupation: Gas Engineer. Military Service: Private, Lance Corporal, Reg. No. 645, PPCLI. Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “When roll was called, 450 were either killed, wounded or missing. Dunc Gay dead, Walker Walter dead. [A.] Giles missing, Mc…dead, Tom Flintoff [Flintoft] dead, [W.H.] Hoey badly wounded, the Colonel [H.C. Buller] dead, [A.H.] Gault wounded, all 2 Company officers dead or wounded, dozens of my chums and acquaintances gone. This is a regiment of mourning,” 2:4 Jun ’16. According to Hodder-Williams, 175, L/Cpl. Flintoft was wounded 5 February 1915 and on 4 May 1915 before being killed at Sanctuary Wood, 2 June 1916.
Additional Biographical Information
Born in Waterdown, Ontario in February 1883, Lance Corporal Thomas Flintoft worked as a gas engineer prior to enlisting with the PPCLI in August 1914. An “original” he arrived in England with the 1st Canadian Contingent in October 1914. Wounded twice, he survived the Battle of Frezenberg without a scratch, and was mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished service. He was only 33 years of age, when he was killed at Sanctuary Wood. See War Diary of PPCLI, 1 July 1916, and Stephen K. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders 1914-1918 (Saanichton: Bellewaerde House Publishing, 2000),105.
Date of Death: 2 June 1916. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Memorialised at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Memorial Reference: Panel 10.