Monday 7 July 2014

Thomas Clifford Blakely

Thomas Clifford Blakely was born on June 16, 1892 in Dundalk, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Thomas Blakely and Hanna Lever.

When he was a young man he studied to be a tailor under his mother's teaching.


Cliff Blakely on right

At the age of 23 he enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force and served with the 147th Battalion . He went to France with the 38th Battalion as Tailor Sergeant. 

Cliff Blakely - World War One

Clifford Blakely WW1 enlistment record. 

Photo taken 1919 in Flesherton. I wonder if it was taken the day the newspaper article "Returned Soldiers" is referring to. L-R  (not sure who the woman is white is, Clifford ( in uniform) Hanna Lever Blakely, Gord Blakely, Pearl Blakely Stafford and I believe the girl in front is Luella Blakely.

Cliff Blakely WWI
On May 18,1920 he married Mary James Cummings, daughter of James and Margaret McMahon. The couple were married at High Park Presb. Church in Toronto.

Clifford and Mary's marriage record.

He and Mary had three children. Kenneth Clifford, Margaret Mary and Marion Frances.



Cliff and his sister Pearl

Cliff and Mary

Clifford passed away on Feb 7 ,1970. His wife Mary died in 1974. They are buried in Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Thomas,Ontario.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful overview of Thomas Clifford Blakely's life. I have updated his profile in my family tree with this wonderful information. Many thanks!