Waterloo Region Generations
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Major George Miller Thomson

Male 1886 - 1949  (62 years)


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  • Name George Miller Thomson 
    Prefix Major 
    Born 5 Mar 1886  Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military WW1 
    • In World War I, Major Thomson served with distinction, acting as Company Commander with the 52nd Port Arthur Battalion. He was wounded in 1915. His only son, Lieut. George Thomson, was killed in action in World War II.
    Residence 1943  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-341911 
    Died 1 Mar 1949  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 3 Mar 1949  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I341911  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Father Rev. John Thomson Thomson,   b. 18 Apr 1841, Rutherglen, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1926, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Kate Martha Thomson,   b. 29 Jan 1845, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1904, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Family ID F248521  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Frances Ratchford,   b. , Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1940, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1918 
    Children 
     1. Lieut. George Ratchford Thomson,   b. 9 Jul 1923, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1945, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 
    Family ID F249012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Major George M. Thomson Passed on Tuesday

      Major George M. Thomson, a native of Ayr, passed away in Sunnybrook Military Hospital, Toronto, on Tuesday, in his 63rd year. Major Thomson had been unwell for a considerable period and, latterly, sustained a series of strokes which hastened his demise.

      He was born in Ayr in Knox Church manse (now occupied by Rev. W. D. Goodger and Mrs. Goodger), being the younger son of Rev. John Thomson, D. D., beloved pastor of Knox Church, Ayr, for a period of 40 years (1871-1911), and Martha Kate Thomson.

      Mr. Thomson secured his education at the Ayr Public School, Woodstock Collegiate and Queen's University, Kingston.

      Served with 52nd Battalion

      In World War I, Major Thomson served with distinction, acting as Company Commander with the 52nd Port Arthur Battalion. He was wounded in 1915. His only son, Lieut. George Thomson, was killed in action in World War II.

      For many years he was with Gypsum Lime and Alabastine Ltd. During World War II he was safety officer with General Engineering and, latterly, had practiced as a consultant.

      Past President, Toronto Curling Club

      He was a member of Rosedale Presbyterian Church, the Engineers Club, Canadian Club, Toronto, and a past president of the Toronto Curling Club. He was vice president of National Construction Council of Canada, member of the Research Council of Ontario and of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

      He was married in 1918 to Mary Ratchford Thomson, who predeceased him in 1940. He is survived by his widow, Noela Thomson, and two daughters, Mr. K. M. Berscht, and Evelyn Thomson, and two step-daughters, Anne and Elizabeth. Also surviving are three brothers, John A., Belleville, and Pierre C. and W. Raymond, Toronto.

      Major Thomson had many warm friends in Ayr who will learn of his passing with sincere regret.

      The Funeral

      Following service at Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto, this (Wednesday) evening at 8 o'clock. Interment will take place in Ayr Cemetery upon the arrival of the Toronto train at 10: 35 a.m. Thursday, March 3rd.

      The Ayr News Mar 3 1949 pg 12

  • Sources 
    1. [S326] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1901, Ayr (Village) A Page 4.

    2. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      Thomson
      [A] George Miller Thomson/ born In Ayr Mar. 5, 1886/ died In Toronto Mar. 1, 1949 [B] Mary Frances Ratchford/ beloved wife of/ George M. Thomson/ died June 21st 1940 [C] George Ratchford Thomson/ Lieut. R.H.L..I./ Killed In Action near Kalcar Germany/ February 20th 1945/ Buried near Nijmegen Holland

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Mar 1886 - AYR, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1943 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1949 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 3 Mar 1949 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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