Thomas Alexander Park was born in Hurou County, Ontario on 5th March 1886.
The 1891 census for Canada on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Park family were living in South Hurou, Ontario. Head of the household Andrew Park, 34 years of age, was a native of Ontario born in 1855 and did not have a trade as he was shown to be retired. His wife Martha was 27 years old born in 1863 and also a native of Ontario had three children living at home, they were, Alexander age 5, Ellen Jane age 3 and Melvin age 1.
Ten years on we find the family still living in Ontario but the Head of the household was recorded as Martha Park age 37. There have been some additions to the family and there were now five children living at home. These were, Alexander age 16, Helen J. (Ellen) age 13, Melvin H. age 11, Norman age 9, Fergus age 6 and a Boarder by the name of Robert McLaughlin age 17.
The 1911 census reveals that the Head was once again Andrew Park age 55 his trade is shown as Ship’s Carpenter. There were still six children living at home with Andrew and his wife Martha, Alexander age 25 was a Labourer , Ellen age 23, a Stenographer, Melvin age 21 a Dairyman, Norman age 19 a Teamster and Fergus age 16 was also a Dairyman.
Attestation Papers for Gunner 339200 Thomas Alexander Park, Library of Canada.
Thomas Alexander Park enlisted into the 68th Brigade of the Overseas Field Battery at Vanderhoof, British Columbia, on 15th August 1916. He gave his next of kin as Fergus Park, Brother, of Vanderhoof, B.C. and trade as Farmer. Alexander’s medical examination form dated 22nd August 1916 reveals that he was 5ft 9inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair.
During basic training in Canada, Thomas Alexander Park was hospitalised twice which delayed embarkation to U.K. He eventually embarked for London on 10th September 1918 aboard the HMT Themistocles arriving on 25th September 1918 when he was posted to Whitley Camp to complete training.
On 1st October 1918, Thomas was transferred to Kinmel Park Camp, Rhyl, as hostilities were coming to an end. Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection. Sadly Thomas Alexander Park contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, he was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital on 18th October 1918 and died on 23rd October 1918.
Thomas Alexander Park is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.