Pvt. Thomas Neill and Hill 70

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Thomas Neill had joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force along with his brother James in March 1916, when he enlisted with the 111th South Waterloo Battalion. They had completed basic training in Camp Borden, Ontario and sailed together to England for further training. Thomas had remained in England in various training camps for an entire year, until he turned 18 years old.

Arrival in France

lehavrearrival Arrival of the British Expeditionary Force in France. The 11th Regiment Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) arrive at Le Havre to be met by a cheering crowd. 16th August 1914. (Source: Imperial War Museum)

On May 10, 1917, Thomas arrived at the Canadian Base Depot in France at Le Havre. Base Depots were established at the Channel Ports in France and at other places on the lines of communication. They had a variety of purposes as a transport hub and for storing ammunition and other supplies. By…

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