1874 Dec 6. Born Leuchars, Guardbridge, Fife (this is the only Thomas Mitchell born within 5 years in Leuchars)
1881 census at Cot House Of Somprim, Airlie
|MITCHELL, Thomas||Head||Married||M||27||1854|| Farm Serv
|MITCHELL, Margaret||Wife||Married||F||30||1851||Fetteresso, Kincardine|
|MITCHELL, Robert||Son||M||7||1874||Kilmany, Fifeshire|
|MITCHELL, Thomas||Son||M||6||1875||Dairsie, Fifeshire|
|MITCHELL, William||Son||M||4||1877||Flisk, Fifeshire|
|MITCHELL, Agnes||Daughter||F||3||1878||Abdie, Fifeshire|
|MITCHELL, Betsy||Daughter||F||1||1880||Airlie, Forfarshire|
|ANDERSON, Agnes||Visitor||Married||F||67||1814||Fetteresso, Kincardine|
1892 Apr 12. Joins Royal Highlanders on a 7 years colours, 5 years reserve contract. He was a butcher or batcher.
1896 Dec 14. Married Annabella Duff in Dundee.
1897 Oct 30. Son born Thomas Aitken Mitchell in Perth.
1899 Oct 22 Posted to South Africa
1900 Jan 23. He is a reservist called up for Boer War.
1901 Apr 10. Reduced to Private on a drunk on duty charge plus 28 days in gaol.
1902 Aug 24. Posted back to UK
1904 Oct 10. Discharged at end of contract.
1911 census at Fairmuir, Dundee, he is a police sergeant. This is the right man, his record in the army links through
1916 Dec 15. Commissioned 2nd Lt in Somerset Light Infantry
1917 Sep Landed in France
1918 Mar 21 Taken POW 2nd Lt T Mitchell, 7th bn Somerset Light Infantry
1918 Dec 25 Repatriated to UK from POW camps
1919 Apr 15 Promoted Inspector and Drill Instructor in Dundee Police Sgt Thomas Mitchell
1919 May 24. Inspector in Dundee Police.
1920 Oct 14. Joined ADRIC with service no 732. Posted to Depot Coy DI3 grade
1920 Nov 5. Commands a group of 20 ADRIC men at a funeral of 2 murdered RIC constables in England. They were inspected by Lloyd George
1920 Nov 21. A group of 17 ADRIC men under the command of T Mitchell, (who was awarded the Constabulary Medal for his bravery here) got involved in the Bloody Sunday assassinations at Mount St.
1921 Feb 21. Promoted DI2 at Depot and 2nd in Command
1921 May 7 Awarded Constabulary medal for his bravery on 20 Nov, when he was involved in one of the running fights at Mount Street following the murders of the British officers.
1921 May 14. Posted to J Coy as 2nd in Command
Brady in The Briar of Life describes him. He had a fierce expression. He looked like a wolf, but had the nature of a sheep. He was middle aged and squat. He wore black leggings, and walked with his toes turned out and his knees partly bent. He drank brandy to make himself drunk, and black coffee to make himself sober for duty. He was as flatulent as my godmother Gran Hawke. He passed wind so explosively that the men he commanded called him "Old Hotchkiss"
1922 Jan 23. Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC
1922 Oct 6. Thomas Mitchell, ex police inspector, aged 47, of 143 Victoria Rd, Dundee, applies for job as Deputy Governor of the Poor House in Dundee
1923 Aug 11. Sets off for Canada
1923 Dec 19. He moved to Canada
He was at some stage in Saskatoon and may have served at some time with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was involved in liquor raids during prohibition. My parents have further information and if I am able to get a copy of an article I recall seeing I will see if I can upload it.
1961 Apr 19. Died in Vancouver, British Columbia,