Thomas Tims
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About Thomas

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  • Date of Birth
    1 March 1893
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  • Army - Canadian Army

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    Canadian Engineers


Thomas Tims was born on 1 March 1893 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire to parents John, a bricklayer, and Mary Ann (nee Jordan) Tims.  He was one of twelve children.

In 1901, Thomas (8) was living with his parents and eight siblings at Horseman’s Hill, Norbreck, Lancs.  By 1911, the family had moved to 31 Island Road, Barrow-in-Furness and the working members of the family were all employed in the building trade or the shipyard.  Thomas was a bricklayer’s apprentice.

On 29 March 1913, Thomas, a bricklayer, aged 20, sailed to Halifax, Canada from Liverpool on “HMS Arabic”.   On 16 April 1915, Thomas signed up for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, in Calgary, Canada.  He had previously been in the Canadian Army Service Corps for four months.  He was 22 years of age and was 5’9” tall. He passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 24 April 1917.

Thomas married Lily Smith on 29 August 1923 in York, Ontario and their daughter Edith was born in 1928.

Thomas, Lily and Edith sailed from Montreal to Liverpool on the “Duchess of Atholl” in October 1931 to stay at Lakeside Cottage, Silverdale Lea, Carnforth.  Thomas’s occupation was given as construction superintendent.  They returned to Canada in February 1932.

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