Attested to 40th Battalion as shown on attestation papers
Letter from Chaplin Capt. C. Stuart:
"But it was a splendid death and absolutely consistent with his whole life; he was binding up the wounds of two men in the trenches when a shell burst, killing them all three. One can only be thankful that death came so quickly and painlessly, and that he was spared all suffering."
Ref: Sarnia & Lambton County This Week Wed. Nov. 11,2009 page 19 - Family rediscovers the great uncle from the Great War
Letter from friend Willard Perry:
"He was killed last Monday morning about 5 o'clock. Old Fritz started an attack. It was an awful morning, the biggest bombardment I've gone through since I came over this last time. Tom was trying to dress a wounded man out in the trench and a shell landed right in on them. It was what we call a "whiz-bang". The fellow that Tom was dressing was blown nearly to pieces, but the only mark they could see on Tom was a piece in the chest. He died instantly so did not suffer. He was carried out and buried out of range of German shells."
"Every spare minute we had to ourselves Tom & I were together and we always shared with each other. I had a box from home on Tuesday. I thought of Tom when I was opening it and I had to just sit down and cry.
God be with him till we meet again, is my prayer.
From Tom's old pal,
Seven other men apparently died that day with Smith at Mericourt.
Ref: Sarnia & Lambton County This Week Wed. Nov. 11,2009 page 19 & 24 - Family rediscovers the great uncle from the Great War