No. 25637 - Corporal H.E. Shill's
Military Service Record


Private Bert Shill in WW1 uniform, Royal Montreal Regiment

Herbert E. Shill

Regimental No. 25637

1st Grenadier Guards

Royal Montreal Regiment

14th Battalion

3rd Brigade

1st Canadian Division

b. Dec. 30th, 1894, Ufford, Suffolk, England
d. Sep. 22nd, 1917, near Barlin, France

Corporal Herbert Edward Shill can be found on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial Site where you can also link to the First World War Book of Remembrance where his name is recorded. You can see page 325 displayed on July 15th in the glass case where the book is kept in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. There is a calendar showing when each page of the Books of Remembrance is on display.

In 1991, one of Nell Waddell’s sons requested complete copies of the military personnel files of his two uncles who had died in World War One, casualties of The Great War. Between the two files of No. 401824 Private John B. Shill and No. 25637 Corporal Herbert E. Shill, there were 70 pages. Many of the pages had sections that were blacked out that contained other people's personal information.

Excerpts from Herbert E. Shill’s
World War 1 Military Service Documents

Personal Description

Trade/Calling: Clerk
Age: 19 yrs, 9 mos.
Height: 6 ' 1/2"
Weight: 153 lbs
Chest expanded: 36” 
Range expansion: 3” or 4”
Hair: Fair
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Grey
Physical development: good
Identifying Marks: 4 Vaccination marks from childhood vaccines
scars on both knees
Declared religion: Church of England


No. 25637 H.E. Shill's World War 1 Timeline

Aug. 4th, 1914  
Canada Entered war together with Britain
Sep. 3rd, 1914  
First Medical Examination at Valcartier, Quebec, considered Fit for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force
Sep. 4th, 1914   
Bert enlisted     
Sep. 10th, 20th
Received innoculations
Sep. 21st, 1914
Date of attestation at Valcartier, Quebec
Initially joined: 1st Grenadier Guards, and became part of the 14th Battalion, 3rd Brigade also known as the Royal Montreal Regiment.
Oct. 3rd, 1914    
Medical History Sheet completed on S.S. Andania by F.A.C. Scrimger, Medical Officer
Oct. 4th, 1914
Sailed to UK on S.S. Andania, from Quebec
Jan. 15th, 1915
Drew up his will leaving everything to his mother in the event of his death.
Aug. 1st, 1915
On Strength, in the field, 14th Bn.

Aug. 19th, 1915

Transfer to 4 Sec Div. Signal Co in the Field
Oct. 31st, 1915
Granted 7 days leave of absence from the Field
Nov. 7th, 1915
Returned from leave to Unit
Nov. 14th, 1916
Granted 10 day leave of absence
Nov. 23rd, 1916
Copy of will extracted while he was on leave, at that time he was referred to as Sapper.
Nov. 27th, 1916
Returned from leave to Field
Dec. 14th, 1916
Appointed a/corporal (with pay) in the Field
Confirmed in rank of Cpl
Sep. 21st, 1917
Injured in motorcycle accident near Barlin, France
Compound fracture, vault and base of skull
Admitted to #6 Cas Clg Stn
Sep. 22nd, 1917
Died of Accidental Injuries
Oct. 4th, 1917
Court of Inquiry held to determine fault of death if any.
Dec. 31st, 1917
An Additional $540 was paid to his mother
Burial location:

Plot 2, Row D, Grave 23, Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Barlin, France




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