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3rd Tunnelling Coy. Canadian Engineers
3 december 1879 , Toronto
11 august 1917
Son of Thomas and Man Jane Palin., 248 Blackthorne Avenue , Toronto
- Edna Palin
5'7" = 1.70m
Birthmark on right arm
Scar on right lower jaw
Scar on second finger of right hand
Kandahar Farm Cemetery
Plot II , Row G , Stone 8
22 january 1916
11 august 1917
Enlisted at Toronto and was posted to the 166th Bn. CEF
Went overseas from Canada
While engaged in repairing the Wulverghem-Messines Road, he was wounded in the left shoulder by shrapnel from an enemy shell.
His wound was dressed and he was taken to N°4 Australian Field Ambulance , where he died.
Sapper Robinson W. wrote to his mother :
' Just a few lines to let you know how the boys over here feel your loss in the death of your son.
We had been together since we enlisted, and Tom spent his first holidays with me in Belfast, Ireland.
Just the night previous to his death we had a long conversation together here in France, and we were speaking of the risks we were likely to run.
If anything should happen to either of us we were to write and let our relatives know.
In this case, Mrs . Palin , it pains me to have to be the one to carry out his wish.
It will be some comfort for you to know that your son died a hero, and gave his life for the greatest of all causes - Liberty and Justice.
He sleeps alongside his fellow countrymen , a hero and a man .
In conclusion you have the deepest sympathy of all boys, and I hope it will be some sort of comfort to know that he was admired by all with whom he came in contact."