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Thomas Giles   Regiment: 40th Battalion/25th Battalion     2nd Machine Gun Company Regimental Number: 415570 Rank: Private Date of Birth: April 14, 1897 Place of Birth: Kemptville, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery CFA Yarmouth N.S. (joined 1914) Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: April 12, 1915 Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 6 3/4 Inches Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single Religion: Presbyterian Next of Kin: (Father) Matthew Giles, Main St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Thomas was the son of Matthew and Mary Ann Giles, of Commercial St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Thomas enlisted in April 1915 with the 40th Battalion and transferred to the 25th Battalion.  He was twice wounded in battle. The offensive in which he was instantly killed took place to the east of Arras.  He was buried by his comrades with military honour. Thomas was one of four brothers who served.  Matthew was killed at the Somme, James at Vimy and a third brother, Frank, the only surviving brother was invalided home. The following letter written in May, 1916 by Lieutenant Victor Eugene Eldridge mentions Thomas Giles. Date of Death: September 10, 1918 Age at Death: 21 Buried at: Sun Quarry Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France Plot: F. 20. Cherisy is a village approximately 13 kilometres south-east of Arras. The Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres south-east of the village. Cherisy village was captured by the 18th Division on 3 May 1917, but lost the same night. It then remained in German hands until it was retaken by the Canadian Corps on 27 August 1918. The cemetery takes its name from a flint quarry, known to the army as Sun Quarry. It was made by fighting units, and most of those buried in the cemetery were killed between 26 August and 28 September 1918. Sun Quarry Cemetery contains 191 First World War burials, eight of them unidentified. Commemorated on Page 414 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 6 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion. Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 186-187)  
   Thomas Giles
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Belgium  May 24, 1916 Dear Mother  We came out last evening. I tell you I was certainly a little nervous for a while but that feeling soon wore off. We had some pretty heavy shelling too. Was over to see the boys in the 25th.  Their camp is only about a quarter of a mile from here. I saw Lieutenant George Farish, Lindsay Rogers, Richard Robinson, Thomas Giles, Leslie Taylor, Arthur Hood, John Meissner, Everett Dease, Stanley Murree, Millard Falt, Walter Savage, John Robicheau, Percy Parker and lots of others I cannot think of just now. Huns do a lot of shelling but very little damage is done. We are out now for twelve days rest and shall  not be back in the front line ‘til the first of July.  I received box ok and lots of letters, 22 in fact and have been busy writing. Can’t think of anything to write about so shall close with love and best wishes for all I know. ... Victor Eugene Eldridge  415772 B Company 24th Battaion, 5th Brigade 2nd Division