Herbert Wesley McBride MM



Oct 15, 1873

Born at Waterloo Indiana, USA


Feb 1, 1915

Granted a commission into the 43rd Regiment Ottawa (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) with rank of Lieutenant


Feb 4, 1915

Letter shows that he was granted the rank of Captain in the 38th Battalion as Musketry Instructor in Ottawa 

Ø      No Officer’s Declaration or Attestation paper is in the file for this

Ø      No date is shown, but Capt HW McBride was attached to the 21st Battalion in Kingston as Musketry Instructor


Mar 10, 1915

L/Col WSP Hughes, Commanding Officer 21st Battalion, requests that Capt McBride be returned to the 38th Battalion in Ottawa


Mar 17, 1915

Became drunk in public in Ottawa


Mar 18, 1915

Absent from parade


Mar 19, 1915

Commanding Officer 38th Battalion meets with Capt McBride and instructs him not to go on parade with the Battalion again


Mar 25, 1915

Appointment to the 38th Battalion is cancelled and commission in the 43rd Regiment is withdrawn effective March 19, 1915 

This action was the result of being drunk in public and conduct unbecoming an officer on March 17, 1915


Apr 3, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario with rank of Pte. 

Ø      Number 59695 (temporary number 1345)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Ida S McBride (mother) of 1434 Park Ave. Indianapolis Indiana

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Lawyer”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 21 years in USA National Guard and 2 months 43rd Regiment in Canada

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Apr 7, 1915

11 teeth removed


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


May 29, 1915

In detention at Shorncliffe 

There is nothing to indicate reason, nor date of release


Jun 17, 1915

Transferred to the Machine Gun Section


Jun 24, 1915

Transferred to HQ Sub Staff 2nd Canadian Division and SOS Battalion


Jul 27, 1915

Restricted to half pay for 1 month and fined $2.00, drunk


Aug 28, 1915

Returned to unit (21st Battalion)


Aug 30, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for “Absence”


Sep 2, 1915

Restricted to half pay for 1 month for drunk and misconduct


Sep 10, 1915

Will made out leaving entire estate to his mother, Mrs Ida S McBride of 1434 Park Ave. Indianapolis Indiana


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 26, 1915

Promoted to Sergeant to replace Sgt (60066) Williams


May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 31, 1916

Granted a Commission and to be Temp Lieutenant 

Posted to General list and attached to 39th Battalion


Jun 3, 1916

Awarded Military Medal, London Gazette #29608


Citation reads:


“For conspicuous service and devotion to duty in connection with scouting and patrol work.  In December 1915, he twice visited the enemy parapet and upon one session brought back a small flag which had been affixed with wires to a can of explosive.  He has on several occasions gathered valuable information from enemy conversations overheard.”


Jun 19, 1916

SOS on transfer to Canadian Training Division


Aug 2, 1916

Proceeded to the 18th Battalion


Aug 3, 1916

Arrived at Havre and TOS 18th Battalion


Aug 5, 1916

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot)


Aug 8, 1916

Placed under arrest for being absent without leave and drunkenness 

Suspended from duty until Aug 20, 1916


Aug 24, 1916

Court Martial finding – Not Guilty on all charges


Aug 31, 1916

Proceeded to unit 

Ø      Placed under arrest for drunkenness

Ø      Suspended from duty until September 20, 1916


Sep 1, 1916

Arrived at Champs des Courses Camp, Rouen


Sep 18, 1916

Tried by General Court Martial at Rouen and sentenced to be severely reprimanded


Sep 29, 1916

Proceeded to join unit


Oct 3, 1916

Joined the 18th Battalion in the field


Oct 7, 1916

Arrested for drunkenness 

Ø      Suspended from duty until Feb 19, 1917


Oct 17, 1916

Admitted to No 12 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne – debility alcohol


Oct 19, 1916

Transferred to No 10 British Red Cross Hospital Le Treport


Oct 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle


Detached to General List HQ Canadian Training Division, Shorncliffe 


Oct 27, 1916

Admitted to Miss Pollock’s Hospital, 50 Waymouth St, London 

“Patient had an alcoholic outbreak and was sent to Millbank.  He complained of headaches and pains in the eyes.  He saw Mr. Mayou, the occultist, who found no vision trouble.  He slept badly and was generally run down”.


Nov 5, 1916

Transferred to Queen Alexandra Military Hospital, Millbank


Nov 7, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 8, 1916

Medical Board at London noted the following: 

Ø      Disability – Debility (alcoholic)

Ø      He is now recovered but somewhat debilitated

Ø      Declared unfit for 3 weeks

Ø      Disability was contracted during his military service

Ø      Disability was not caused by his military service

Ø      Granted 3 weeks leave

Ø      Address on leave Adelphi Hotel, Strand WC, London


Dec 6, 1916

SOS General List on proceeding to France to join 18th Battalion 

Ø      Note that this order was cancelled


Dec 7, 1916

Ceases to be detached to Western Ontario Regimental Depot and sent to trial by General Court Martial


Feb 19, 1917

Dismissed from the service by General Court Martial, London Gazette #29992



Nov 26, 1919

“Officer not eligible for War Service Gratuity – was dismissed from the service for misconduct” 

One note is made that medals were forfeited, but there was no date or authority attached to that.


Mar 17, 1933

Deceased in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA



Capt Herbert W McBride
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis IN
(A family plot with Capt McBride on the left)


Herb McBride wrote 2 books about his experiences with the 21st Battalion,
The Emma Gees (about the Machine Gun Section) and A Rifleman Went to War (about his experiences as a sniper).


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