Cyril Bishop

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 11, 1889

Born at Burnt Head, Conception Bay, Newfoundland to Benjamin and Selina (nee Dawe) Bishop


Aug 9, 1911

Embarked the SS Invermore at Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland

The photo was taken while the ship was sinking July 10, 1914


Aug 10, 1911

Disembarked at North Sydney, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario.  On immigration he stated his occupation as a Teacher, but was going to seek employment as an Office Clerk


Jun 5, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion at Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Ø      Number 405603

Ø      Next of kin given as Benjamin Bishop, father, of Cupids Post Office, Newfoundland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø      Stated that he currently belonged to the 109th Regiment, Canadian Militia at Toronto Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Jun 17, 1915

Admitted to the Niagara Camp Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Jun 18, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Nov 29, 1915

Admitted to the Bramshott Military Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Dec 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 27, 1915

Admitted to hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Jan 28, 1916

Transferred to the Bearwood Convalescent Hospital at Wokingham


Feb 25, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1916

Left the CBD to join his Battalion


Apr 20, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches at Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15. 1916

During the 2nd Division’s advance on Courcelette, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking the strong point held by the Germans in a Sugar Factory and was the first attempt by the Allies to use tanks.  The 21st Battalion suffered very heavy casualties and Pte Bishop was first reported missing, but his body was later discovered and buried near where he fell.

Following the war when it came time to move the trench burials into organized cemeteries, his remains could not be located.  This was most likely the result of continuous shelling for the remainder of the war.  As a result of him having no known grave, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial


Note the incorrect initial



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Benjamin Bishop, at Burnt Head, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs B Bishop, at the same address


The family's Memorial in the Anglican Cemetery, Cupids Newfoundland

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