Leslie, Thomas Soga (1884-1951)

Lieutenant T.S. Leslie; Officers of the 72nd Battalion, France, April 1918 [detail]; History of the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, facing page 98; https://archive.org/details/historyof72ndcan00mcev/page/98.

Lieutenant T.S. Leslie; Officers of the 72nd Battalion, France, April 1918 [detail]; History of the 72nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, facing page 98; https://archive.org/details/historyof72ndcan00mcev/page/98.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 990.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 2, page 990.

Thomas Soga Leslie was a manufacturers’ agent. He and his wife, Janet, lived at 1818 Comox Street in 1914 and 1915. (Jeannie Walker Scott Graham was the occupant of 1818 Comox from 1914 to 1919. It is not clear if she leased the house to the Leslies or if she continued to live there while the Leslies were there as well.)

Thomas (“Tom”) Soga Leslie was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 16, 1884. His parents were Thomas Leslie (1834–1887) and Margaret Wallace (1840–1904). (Thomas’s brother was John Robert Sloan Leslie (1872-1943), a career military officer who became a Companion of the Order of the Bath in June 1941.)

Thomas married Janet Turnbull Walker. She was born in Scotland on December 25, 1888.

Thomas first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1914. He was living at 1818 Comox Street.

Thomas and Janet lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.

1914 and 1915 1818 Comox Street
1916 No address under Vancouver names (active service)
1917 to 1919 Not listed under Vancouver names
1920 to 1921 West Vancouver (no street address under Vancouver names)
1922 to 1930 361 East Kings Road, North Vancouver
1931 4368 Jericho Circle (West Point Grey)
1932 to 1941 6387 Granville Street
1942 to 1951 1443 West 47th Avenue
1952 1638 West 41 Avenue (Janet Leslie)
1953 to 1958 Number 54, 1507 West 12th Avenue (Janet Leslie)

When the First World War began, Thomas enlisted as a captain with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In April 1917, he sailed to Europe with the 231st Battalion.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, 231st Battalion, Nominal Roll of Officers, Non –Commissioned Officers and Men; (Issued With Militia Orders, 1917); Embarkation: Port: -Halifax, N. S.; Ship: -S.S. “Northland”; Date: April 11, 1917; Port:-Halifax, N. S.; Detail Ship: -S.S. “Canada.”; Date: April, 18, 1817 [sic: 1917], page 2; http://data2.archives.ca/e/e444/e011087916.pdf.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, 231st Battalion, Nominal Roll of Officers, Non –Commissioned Officers and Men; (Issued With Militia Orders, 1917); Embarkation: Port: -Halifax, N. S.; Ship: -S.S. “Northland”; Date: April 11, 1917; Port:-Halifax, N. S.; Detail Ship: -S.S. “Canada.”; Date: April, 18, 1817 [sic: 1917], page 2; http://data2.archives.ca/e/e444/e011087916.pdf.

He served in England and France. He was wounded in action, but he recovered. He continued his military service until he was discharged on September 17, 1919, as part of the general demobilization at the end of the war.

After the war, Thomas and Janet returned to Vancouver. Thomas was a member of the Seaforth Highlanders reserve. Janet also participated in military events.

Vancouver Daily World, January 17, 1924, page 7, columns 4-5.

Vancouver Daily World, January 17, 1924, page 7, columns 4-5.

Thomas and Janet lived at 361 East Kings Road in West Vancouver from 1922 to 1930.

Thomas was a salesman for the W. N. O’Neil Company, a Vancouver building supply company.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1922, page 981.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1922, page 981.

The William N. O'Neil Company Limited float [detail]; May 24, 1914; City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1376-489; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/william-n-oneil-company-limited-float-in-600-block-of-granville-street-during-victoria-day-parade.

The William N. O’Neil Company Limited float [detail]; May 24, 1914; City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1376-489; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/william-n-oneil-company-limited-float-in-600-block-of-granville-street-during-victoria-day-parade.

In 1931, Thomas and Janet moved to the West Side of Vancouver. Thomas continued to work with the O’Neil Company through the 1930s and 1940s.

From 1939 to 1943 he was the commanding officer of the Seaforth reserve.

Colonel and Mrs. T.S. Leslie, 1939, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 136-305; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/colonel-and-mrs-t-s-leslie.

Colonel and Mrs. T.S. Leslie, 1939, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 136-305; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/colonel-and-mrs-t-s-leslie.

In 1939, Thomas and Janet welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland to Vancouver.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 9, 1939, page 9, column 6.

The Winnipeg Tribune, August 9, 1939, page 9, column 6.

Thomas was the aide-de-camp to four British Columbia lieutenant governors: Eric Werge Hamber; William Culham Woodward; Charles Arthur Banks; and Clarence Wallace.

Thomas died in Vancouver on January 22, 1951.

Nanaimo Daily News, January 23, 1951, page 1, column 1.

Nanaimo Daily News, January 23, 1951, page 1, column 1.

Janet died in Vancouver on July 25, 1958.

Vancouver Sun, July 28, 1958, page 26.

Vancouver Sun, July 28, 1958, page 26.

Thomas and Janet did not have any children.

 

Sources

Thomas Leslie (father of Thomas Soga Leslie)

Thomas Leslie (1834–1887); Birth: 18 MAR 1834, Muiravonside, Stirlingshire Scotland; Death: 11 DEC1887, Pollockshields, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Scotland (ancestry.ca).

 

Margaret Wallace (mother of Thomas Soga Leslie)

Margaret Wallace (1840–1904); Birth:18 APR 1840, Ballimore, Kilfinan, Argyllshire Scotland; Death 1 NOV 1904, Pollockshields, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Scotland (ancestry.ca).

 

Thomas Soga Leslie

Thomas Soga Leslie (1883–1951); Birth: ABT 1883, Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Death 22 JAN 1951, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada (ancestry.ca)

“Scotland Census, 1891,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSNL-D2W : 10 December 2017), Thomas S Leslie, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland; from “1891 England, Scotland & Wales census,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing p. 5, GRO6/275, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 208,731.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HL1-3X6 : 11 March 2018), Thomas S Leslie, May 1913; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4794, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Leslie, Thomas Soga; Rank: CPT; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5594 – 30; Item Number: 529763; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); Digitized service file: B5594-S030; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B5594-S030

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPL-HQG : 8 November 2017), Thomas Soga Leslie, 1951.

Tom Leslie, photograph, Vancouver Province, January 23, 1951, page 1: “Thom Leslie, beloved city Scot, and Colonel of Seaforth Highlanders Reserve, died Monday.”

“Seaforth Colonel Mourned,” Vancouver Province, January 23, 1951, page 2, column 3.

“Colonel Leslie of Seaforths Dies Here, 66,” Vancouver Sun, January 23, 1951, page 2.

Thomas S. Leslie, death notice, Vancouver Province, January 23, 1951, page 16: “Leslie—Suddenly on Jan. 22, 1951, Colonel Thomas S. Leslie of 1443 West 47th. Survived by his wife and 1 sister. Funeral Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. from St. John’s United Church, 1401 Comox St., with full military honors, Rev. J. Hobden officiating. Cremation. No flowers by request. T. Edwards Ltd., funeral directors, in charge.”

 

Janet Turnbull Walker (wife of Thomas Soga Leslie)

Janet Turnbull (1891–1958); Birth ABT 1891, Scotland; Death: 25 JUL 1958, Vancouver, British Columbia Canada (ancestry.ca).

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRX-Q5Z : 8 November 2017), Janet Turnbull Leslie, 1958.

Janet Turnbull Leslie, death notice, Vancouver Province, July 26, 1958, page 32; Vancouver Province, July 28, 1958, page 25; Vancouver Sun, July 28, 1958, page 26: “Leslie—On July 25, 1958, Janet Turnbull Leslie of 1507 W. 12th Ave., widow of the late Col. T.S. Leslie. Private funeral service Tuesday, July 29, 11 a.m. in the T. Edwards Co. Memorial Chapel, Granville St. at 10th Ave., Rev. J.D. Hobseen [sic: Hobden] officiating. Cremation. No flowers by request.”

 

John Robert Sloan Leslie (brother of Thomas Soga Leslie)

“Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQPD-FXP : 10 February 2018), John Robert Sloan Leslie, 30 Jul 1871; citing GOVAN,LANARK,SCOTLAND, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 6,035,516.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QSN-TQ8 : 11 March 2018), John Robert Sloan Leslie, Aug 1920; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-14799, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKR-K2HD : 13 December 2015), John Robert Sloan Leslie, 1943; Burial, , Woking Borough, Surrey, England, Brookwood Military Cemetery; citing record ID 56076723, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56076723: “Col John Robert Sloan Leslie; Birth: 1872, Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland; Death: 4 Oct 1943 (aged 70–71), Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland; Burial: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England; Plot: Brookwood (1939-1945) Memorial, Panel 1, Column 1; Memorial ID: 56076723. Regiment/Service: General Staff, Commands and Staff. Honors: C. B., T. D.”