Herman Delbert Firby


Mar 31, 1897

Born at Corinth Ontario


Nov 1, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion at Windsor Ontario 

Ø      Number 124305

Ø      Next of kin given as Ernest Firby (father) of 256 15th St, Detroit Michigan, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Druggist

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

He lied about his age, as he stated his birth year to be 1896


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jul 7, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Sep 10, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

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

He would have joined the 21st Battalion in the field at some point after this date


Nov 3, 1917            Killed in Action 

From the 21st Battalion War Diary

Because his body was either not recovered, or if recovered, never identified, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres Belgium


Below, Herman (on left) with his brother Harry Firby, who also lied about his age in order to enlist underage.  Even though the brothers both enlisted in the 70th Battalion, Harry was sent to a battalion other than the 21st.  There is no record of Harry being killed, and I assume that he returned to Canada after the war.

When more research has been completed, additional details will be posted here


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