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Private Thomas Mitchell Gemmell
Male 1923 - 1945


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  • Prefix  Private 
    Birth  25 Jun 1923  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Interesting Life Story  military, misfortune 
    Military  WW2  [1
    Misfortune  1945 
    killed in WW1 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-341444 
    Died  26 Feb 1945  Bedburg, , Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Cause: Cause: Killed in Action 
    Person ID  I341444  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  Matthew Stevenson "Steve" Gemmell,   b. 4 Dec 1882, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1974, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Irene Isabella Currie,   b. 17 Feb 1898, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1939, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Sep 1919  North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F248829  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Killed By Shell

      Particulars Received Concerning the Death in Action of T. M. Gemmell

      M. S. Gemmell, 9th concession of North Dumfries, has received the following letter concerning his son, Thomas Mitchell Gemmell, 21 years of age, who was killed in action on the Western front on February 26. The letter was written by Major C. F. Richardson, North Shore (N.B.) Regt., B Company, the unit to which Tommy was attached:- "Dear Mr. Gemmell: It is with deep regret and sympathy that I write to you regarding the death of your son, Tom. He had been my driver for some few months and I got attached to him. He used to drive me everywhere and was always a real gentleman, and a young man to be well proud of. He was very cool and deliberate in all his actions and thought, and was one of the most popular men in my Company.

      "We had taken a small village: near the Rhine on the 26th of February, and the next day Tom was walking outside the Company's H.Q. when a shell landed close by him. His left leg was taken off above the knee and he was knocked unconscious from the blast and shock. We took him immediately to the R.A.P. and he died on the way there.

      "It is very hard to understand why these things have to happen, but, if we remember that he has not died in vain and that he died fighting for a cause we know is right and true and his memory will always live in the memory of all nations and it will be closely remembered by those of us who knew him so well.

      "If at any time you wish to write and if there is anything I can do for you, please feel free to write.

      "Tom was buried in a Canadian Military Cemetery near a small village called Keppelu and had a military funeral."

      The Ayr News May 3 1945 pg 5

  • Sources 
    1. [S1886] Military - Canada - Second World War Service Files Canadian Armed Forces War Dead.
      Gemmell, Thomas Mitchell 21 years Birthdate: 1923 Jun 25 Died: 1945 Feb 26 Rank: Private Unit: North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Force: Army Service Number: B134732 Additional Details son of Matthew Stephson & Irene Isabelle Gemmell of Ayr, Ontario

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Gemmell/ In Loving memory of/ M. Stevenson Gemmell/ died Nov. 14, 1974 - aged 91 years/ Irene Currie/ beloved wife of M. S. Gemmell/ died Aug. 15, 1939 aged 41 years/ Pte. Thomas M. Gemmell/ Killed at Bedburg Germany Feb. 26, 1945/ Age 21 years/ J. William Gemmell/ Died May 19, 1978, Aged 57 years/ Sons of Steve and Irene Gemmell/ [veteran's poppy]

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Gemmell/ In LovIng memory of/ M. Stevenson Gemmell/ died Nov. 14, 1974 - aged 91 years/ Irene Currie/ beloved wife of M. S. Gemmell/ died Aug. 15, 1939 aged 41 years/ Pte. Thomas M. Gemmell/ Killed at Bedburg Germany Feb. 26, 1945/ Age 21 years/ J. Willia

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Jun 1923 - North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Killed in Action - 26 Feb 1945 - Bedburg, , Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Link to Google Earth
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