Philip Stanley Shimmin
21st Battalion CEF





Jul 4, 1890

Born at Isle of Man, England


Mar 18, 1916

Attested into the 126th Battalion at Brampton Ontario 

      Number 775993

      Next of Kin given as William Shimmin (father) of 116 Market St., Peel, Isle of Man, England

o       Note from family indicates the number should read “16 Market St.”

o       Next of kin was later changed to Mrs Catherine Shimmin (nee Gray), wife, of 13 Thorncroft St., London, SW 8, later changed to 281 Perry St., Peterboro Ontario

o       A note was recorded to also notify Mrs Fred Sayle (Royal Nursing Sister) of 44 Parry St., Seacombe, Cheshire, England

      Previous occupation given as “Iron Moulder”

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as “Presbyterian”

      6 tattoos are noted on left arm


Aug 14, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain at Halifax for England



Aug 24, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 15, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 126th Battalion and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 116th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 22, 1916

SOS 116th Battalion on proceeding to France on posting to 21st Battalion


Dec 23, 1916

TOS 21st Battalion


Jan 18, 1917

Left to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

Attached to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Feb 24, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field as a reinforcement


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to No 32 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux France, with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to left hand


Apr 11, 1917

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while wounded and invalided to England.

 Note that the file records the ship as “H/S St Andrein?”.  Given the question mark in the file, I suspect they were unsure of the correct name.  I suspect it should read “H/S St Andrew” as it was in use at that time.



Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the Grove Military Hospital, Tooting, England and TOS EORD


May 19, 1917

Transferred to CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Bromley


May 23, 1917

Discharged from CCH Bromley and is shown On Command of No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Aug 2, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 3, 1917

Discharged from No 3 CCD and sent to 6th Reserve Battalion


Sep 5, 1917

Granted permission to marry


Dec 27, 1917

Posted to 21st Battalion overseas


Dec 28, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France


Jan 1, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jan 20, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Jan 21, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 2, 1918

Wounded (GSW left hand) and admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 4, 1918

Transferred to No 16 General Hospital


May 12, 1918

Admitted to No 3 CCD


Jun 11, 1918

Discharged from No 3 CCD to Base Depot


Jun 12, 1918

TOS “A” Company, CIBD


Jun 17, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Aug 6, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Aug 7, 1918

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 26, 1918

Killed in Action 

Buried at Tilloy British Cemetery
Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France, II-A-24



Jun 30, 1920

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to widow, Mrs. Catherine Gray, at 281 Perry St., Peterboro Ontario


Dec 29, 1920

Death Plaque and Scroll were sent to his widow


Jun 29, 1922

Memorial Cross sent to widow at the above address 

Note was made that no Memorial Cross was sent to his mother as her address was unknown


Above is the War Memorial on the grounds of St. Germans Cathedral, Peel, Isle of Man, British Isles.   Pte Shimmin's name is third from the bottom, left column.  He used Stanley as his first name


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Philip Shimmin's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below is the name of Philip Shimmin being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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