Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: 1910
- Place of enlistment: Glasgow
- Service no: 10317
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Connaught Rangers
- Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 26.04.1915
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 42
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 43 Larch St, Dundee
- Occupation: Soldier
Mary Ogilvie Flood, 43 Larch St, Dundee
John Flood, 43 Larch St, Dundee
More about Thomas Flood
For reasons unknown, Thomas is not listed on the original Dundee Roll of Honour, he has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. He was the cousin of Pte James Flood, 9542, 6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action, 11.04.1917.
He served with the Connaught Rangers initially at their Depot in Cork and from 1911 in Ferozepore in India. On declaration of war, the Indian Corps was mobilised and the Connaught Rangers being part of the Ferozepore Brigadede of the Lahore Division sailed for France in August 1914. The landed in late August in Marseilles and were first blooded in the retreat from Mons and First Battle of Ypres where their sister Battalion the 2nd Battalion Connaught Rangers also fought. In late 1914 both Battalions being so depleted were merged into the 1st Connaught Rangers and reinforced from drafts from the Depot in Cork
Thomas was reported Missing believed Killed in action in April 1915 in the area of St Jean, (now Sint Jin), Ypres in the second battle of Ypres. The 1st Connaught Rangers as part of the Lahore Div being rushed forward to plug gaps on the left flank of the Canadians assaulting St Julian in that battle after the French colonial troops had broken and retreated after the German release of phosgene gas.
Thomas was one of a significant casualty list for the Connaughts, (exceeding 320 casualties on the day), that day and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres
Additional information kindly supplied by Jim Flood.
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