George Ward Thomson

Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 26 Mar 1992 (aged 96)
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York, USA
Plot Houck plot
Memorial ID 85390087 · View Source
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Used Ward as middle name though he had "supposedly" had no legal middle name -- only to find out on his birth record that his listed name was indeed George Ward Thomson (also used on WWI Draft Reg. Card); Vet WWI & WWII.

Immigrated to US: Sailed from Glasgow Scotland (with sisters Sarah & Rubina) on 6/14/1913 on SS Camerania bound for Buffalo, NY per passenger list

Wed twice; first wife unknown; 2nd wife Ruth Lydia Houck.

Obituary; The Buffalo News; Fri., 3/27/1992):
"George W. Thomson Dies at 96; Last Member of World War I Unit
George W. Thomson, 96, of Akron, a native of Motherwell, Scotland, and the last surviving member of the Army's Base Hospital Unit 23 of World War I fame, died Thursday (March 26, 1992) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.
Thomson came to Buffalo in 1913 and worked with a brother in the plumbing business until May 1917, when he enlisted in the Army.
After receiving training as a medic, he went with Base Hospital Unit 23 of Buffalo to Vittel, France. The unit included some 300 doctors, nurses and medical personnel.
He served with the unit in France until 1919. In January 1990, he was the only member of the unit still alive.
After the war, Thomson went to work for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He retired as general foreman of the underground cable department after more than 39 years with the utility. Before he came to America, Thomson was one of the early-day Boy Scouts. He joined the organization in 1907 to become one of founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell's first troop members in Scotland.
Thomson was a member of Tillman Post, American Legion, Akron; Lodge 527, F&AM, Akron; the Buffalo Consistory, and Ismailia Shrine.
During World War II, he served as a master sergeant win the 65th New York State Guard.
In 1966, he was honored by the town of Vittel for his service with the medical unit during World War I. He also was instrumental in Vittel's becoming a sister city of Clarence. In 1980, he returned to the French town with Arthur Hartman, then-U.S. Ambassador to France, to dedicate plaques to American servicemen who fought there in both World Wars I and II. He also served as an ambassador of good will from the City of Buffalo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Bernhardt Funeral Home, 130 Main St., Akron. Burial, with military honors, will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendelton.
Survivors include three daughters, Georga Breissinger of Darien Center, Norma Snip of Dundas, Ont., and Wilma E. Beyer of Toyko; a son, George A. of Akron; three sisters, Barbara Vogl of Cheektowaga, Jesse Brown of Kenmore and Emily Marling; 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren."

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