|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1925|
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 1944|
Departement du Calvados
Thomas was born February 16, 1925 in Winnipegosis, Manitoba to Dora and Harry Antony, a miller from the Ukraine. Thomas was a student at the Saskatchewan Tech when he enlisted November 22, 1943 in Regina and became part of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders R. C.I.C., service #L107646.*1
The Camerons landed at Gray-sur-Mer on July 7, 1944 as part of the Second Canadian Division. Carpiquet had originally been taken by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Camerons were to take it back again, the first time they had come under fire since Dieppe.
Leaving Carpiqet on July 19 to become part of Operation Atlantic, they experienced heavy casualties. The British, by drawing the German armored troops away from the bridgehead, helped the Americans to break out of their area. It was hoped the Canadian, British and Polish troops would move toward Falaise, joining the French and Americans in encircling German troops.
The Camerons joined the operation on July 20, 1944 at St-Andre-sur-Orne, launching their attack at Fleury-sur-Orme with the help of Typhoon and artillery fire, they advanced slowly but experienced loss of their June battalion war diary, their commanding and intelligence officers who had been scouting when the car was hit.
Facing the SS Panzers, companies A and D were hit hard by the fierce fighting but they managed to stop the Germans, taking prisoners and by July 23, shelling had been reduced.
During July 24 to 31 period, the Camerons joined with the Black Watch of Canada, the Calgary Highlanders and were at St-Martin on July 25 to help the Maisonneuve Regiment and were attacking May-sur-Orne.
By July 24/25 they were pushing on to St-Martin-de-Fontenay.
During the night of August 3-4, A Company of the Camerons and the 11 Field Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers attempted to destroy the tower shafts of a mine, that were heavily-armed German observation posts and the underground mine allowed Germans free movement below. It proved too costly to the troops and the attempt to destroy the shafts was abandonned. On the 4th the Camerons relieved the Essex Scottish Regiment when they moved to Verrieres.
By August 7, the Camerons became part of Operation Totalize, fighting to take Fontenay-le-Marmion, but became caught between Germans firing, and taking casualties until they eventually cleared the quarry and area.
August 8 the South Saskatchewan Regiment and First Hussars were helping in the fight. With the capture of a German barracks and help from RAF Typhoons, heavy gun fire stopped for a time. The units were hurt again when their commanding officers were lost.
By August 13 they were clearing pockets of enemy soldiers west of the Laize River and seized Clair Tizon. It was here that Polish and Russian troops, forced into the German army, gladly surrendered.
On August 14 Thomas was listed as missing at Clair Tizon and subsequently he died of his wounds.
While he was listed as being part of the Camerons, he was listed on the roll of honor with the South Saskatchewan Regiment.*1
Antony Lake near Brabant Lake, Saskatchewan (64D4) 56 degrees 12' 103degrees 31'was named in honor of Private Thomas Antony.*1
*1 Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial
Note: Private, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, R.C.I.C. Age Unknown
Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery
Departement du Calvados
Plot: XXVI. E. 1.
Maintained by: Shirley Tort
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56155380
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