Herbert William Fregin



Aug 22, 1897

Born in Ottawa, Ontario to Frederick William and Francis E (nee Wilkes) Fregin


May 18, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 246308

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. FW Fregin, father, 48 Louisa St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Civil Servant

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion was not given on attesting, but later noted as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Machine Gun Section 

The battalion trained in the Rockcliffe Camp near Ottawa


Jan 18, 1917

The battalion moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia to continue training


May 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for further training


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers Au Bois


Nov 2, 1917

Before he was able to leave the CC Rein C to join his battalion he was admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Scabies


Nov 3, 1917

Transferred to the No. 50 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Nov 7, 1917

Transferred via No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 14 General Hospital, Wimereux


Nov 8, 1917

Transferred to the No. 25 General Hospital, Hardelot


Nov 21, 1917

Discharged from hospital and rejoined the No. CIBD in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 1, 1917

Left the CIBD and rejoined the CC Rein C in Villers Au Bois


Dec 11, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and finally joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Cellars Camp


Dec 31, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Scabies and transferred to the No. 12 CFA the same day


Jan 12, 1918

Discharged to duty from No. 12 CFA


Feb 23, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Scabies and transferred to the No. 4 CFA the same day


Mar 7, 1918

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Apr 2, 1918

While in the front line M & N trenches near Neuville Vitasse the Germans opened up a fierce artillery barrage and Private Fregin was killed in that action. 

He was buried in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Fred Fregin, 48 Louisa St., Ottawa, Ontario 

No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother passed away the previous January


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