Regimental No. 25637
Royal Montreal Regiment
1st Canadian Division
b. Dec. 30th, 1894, Ufford, Suffolk, England
d. Sep. 22nd, 1917, near Barlin, France
Corporal H E Shill can be found on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial Site. A link to the First World War Book of Remembrance where his name is recorded can be found there. 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.
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.
Now, of course, these "Personnel Records of the First World War" are freely available at Library and Archives Canada's website.
Personal Description on Attestation:
Age: 19 yrs, 9 mos.
Height: 6 ' 1/2"
Weight: 153 lbs
Chest expanded: 36”
Range expansion: 3” or 4"
Physical development: good
Identifying Marks: 4 Vaccination marks from childhood vaccines, scars on both knees
Declared religion: Church of England
4 Aug. 1914 Canada Entered war together with Britain
3 Sep. 1914 First Medical Examination at Valcartier, Quebec, considered Fit for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force
4 Sep. 1914 Bert enlisted
10, 20 Sep. 1914 Received innoculations
21 Sep. 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.
3 Oct. 1914 Medical History Sheet completed on S.S. Andania by F.A.C. Scrimger, Medical Officer
4 Oct. 1914 Sailed to UK on S.S. Andania, from Quebec
15 Jan. 1915 Drew up his will leaving everything to his mother in the event of his death.
1 Aug. 1915 On Strength, in the field, 14th Bn.
19 Aug. 1915 Transfer to 4 Sec Div. Signal Co in the Field
31 Oct. 1915 Granted 7 days leave of absence from the Field
7 Nov. 1915 Returned from leave to Unit
14 Nov. 1916 Granted 10 day leave of absence
23 Nov. 1916 Copy of will extracted while he was on leave, at that time he was referred to as Sapper.
27 Nov. 1916 Returned from leave to Field
14 Dec. 1916 Appointed a/corporal (with pay) in the Field. Confirmed in rank of Cpl
21 Sep. 1917 Injured in motorcycle accident near Barlin, France. Compound fracture, vault and base of skull, Admitted to #6 Cas Clg Stn
22 Sep. 1917 Died of Accidental Injuries
4 Oct. 1917 Court of Inquiry held to determine fault of death if any.
31 Dec. 1917 An Additional $540 was paid to his mother
Burial location: Plot 2, Row D, Grave 23, Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Barlin, France