Private Thomas James Aston was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A., on February 10, 1889 to parents Jane and William Aston.
Aston enlisted with the 74th Battalion in Toronto, Ontario, on July 19, 1915, and proceeded overseas from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the Empress of Britain, arriving in Liverpool, England on April 9, 1916. After being sent to France, Aston was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, with whom he served until he returned to Canada aboard the H.M.S. Baltic in March, 1919, and was then demobilized later that month in Toronto, Ontario.
Pte. Thomas James Aston's Service Record (#135963) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.