DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654171
RESIDENCE: Walton – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: January 28, 1896
Milverton – Perth East Township – County of Perth - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: July 1, 1917 21 years 5 months
MEMORIAL: Vimy Memorial – Vimy –
Pas de Calais - France
PARENTS: Mr. & Mrs. William Thamer – Walton - Ontario
Occupation: Labourer Religion: Church of England
Enlistment: Brussels – January 3, 1916 into the 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 19 years 1 month
Private Thamer left Canada on November 1, 1916 and arrived in England on November 11, 1916. He transferred to the 58th Battalion and went into France on November 30, 1916 and joined the unit already in the field on March 6, 1917.
The 58th Battalion diaries state that 1 Ordinary Rank was killed and 3 ordinary ranks were wounded. The diaries also state that it was a quiet day and northing unusual took place on this day. The weather was cloudy and cool with winds at 9 mph from the south-east.
The 9th Brigade diaries state they were at Zollern Haus. The diaries state that the enemy artillery, trench mortars and machine guns were active all of July 1st.
On June 30th the Battalion had 10 men killed, 7 men missing and 2 men wounded. It was quiet during the day as per the diaries. They were relieved at 3:15 am on the morning of July 1, 1916 by the 110th Battalion.
There is very little in the file of Private Thamer as to when and where he lost his life. There is very little in the diaries of the 58th Battalion and we can only assume that Private Thamer lost his life from enemy artillery fire as his body was never located and his name is on the Vimy Memorial.