Thomas John Warren signature

Thomas John Warren

HMR2-10-90c Photograph of T. J. Warren by Harold McMurrich Rathbun, ca.1914

Thomas John Warren, an assistant electric and gas inspector, was conscripted in Ottawa on this day in 1918, the last local person to be drafted in this way. He was born in Deseronto on March 19th, 1885, the son of James Warren and Matilda (née Alexander).

Warren joined the 2nd Depot Battalion of the Eastern Ontario Regiment with the regimental number 3327432. He was five feet four inches tall, with a medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His service record shows that he did not go overseas and was discharged from the army in Ottawa on December 14th, 1918, with a note that his character was “Most reliable and trustworthy”.

In 1921 Thomas was living with his mother, sister, uncle and aunt in Fourth Street, Deseronto, still working as a gas inspector. His sister, Lena, was a teacher at Deseronto Public School.