Thomas Louis Tremblay (1886-1951) Originally from Chicoutimi, Quebec, Thomas Louis Tremblay studied at the Royal Military College of Canada from 1904 to 1907. Although he was pursuing a career as an engineer when the First World War broke out in 1914, he decided to enlist. He was soon named second officer of the 22nd Battalion, the only entirely French-speaking unit in the British Empire. From January 1916 to August 1918, he served as the commanding officer of this battalion at the Western Front. In August 1918, he was named brigadier-general of the 8th Brigade of the Canadian infantry. Tremblay received many military honours for his service during the war, including the Distinguished Service Order from the United Kingdom and the Legion of Honour from France.
After the war, Tremblay resumed his work as an engineer, at the Port of Québec. In 1931 he was named honorary colonel for life of the Royal 22nd Regiment (a descendant of the 22nd Battalion) and of Les Voltigeurs de Québec, the oldest French-Canadian regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. He died in Quebec City on March 28, 1951.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: May 16, 1886 (Chicoutimi, Quebec)
Date of Attestation: March 12, 1915 (Lévis, Quebec)
Age at Enlistment: 28 years, 11 months
Height: 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches
Weight: Not indicated
Description: Light complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair. Roman Catholic.
Home Address: Not indicated
Trade: Civil Engineer (Canadian Society for Civil Engineers)
Details of Family: Mother, Mrs. Thomas Tremblay, living in St. Coeur de Marie, Lac St. Jean, Quebec.
Next of Kin: Mrs. Thomas Tremblay (mother)
Branch of Service: Canadian Expeditionary Force
Theatre of War: England, France
- September 1916 to January 1917 – On September 25, 1916, Tremblay is sick and is transferred to the military hospital at Shorncliffe Army Camp in England. In December the medical board recommends he be granted a month’s leave. (Page 11)
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- September 15 to 20, 1915 – He sails from Halifax on the SS Saxonia and disembarks at Boulogne, France. (Pages 15 and 69)
- May 2016 – He is granted two consecutive eight-day periods of leave. (Page 15)
- November 3, 1916 – He is mentioned in The London Gazette in dispatches of Sir Douglas Haig, a senior officer of the British Army. (LG 29890). (Page 16)
- October 25 to 26, 1918 – He proceeds to England to attend the 19th Senior Officers Course at Grantham. (Page 18)
- April 19, 1919 – Upon leaving service he weighs 156 pounds. (Page 37)
- May 31, 1919 – He is struck off strength due to demobilization. He plans to live in Quebec City. (Page 21)
- February 15, 1935 – His Record of Service gives a succinct account of his postings and various honours during the war. It also indicates that he was mentioned numerous times in dispatches of The London Gazette. (Pages 5 to 6)
- July 26, 1978 – There are handwritten drafts and typed copies of his service record. The record includes his service during the Second World War and concludes with his retirement in 1946. (Pages 39 to 46)
The London Gazette
Military Medals Honours and Awards
In 1901, Thomas Tremblay is 15 years old and living in the Jacques-Cartier Ward of Quebec with his parents, Thomas (46) and Mathilde (40). He is the eldest of five children. He has one sister, Isabelle (13), and three brothers: Paul (9), Jules (5) and René (2). He is the only one of the five children to be listed as a student.