George Edwin Gerow

May 8, 1897

Born in Picton, Ontario to George Manley and Mary (nee Cheatley) Gerow


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59360 (temporary number 636)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. M Gerow, mother, Picton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

George Gerow lied about his age and gave his birth date as May 9, 1896, not his actual birth date of May 8, 1897

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 9, 1915

Posted to No. 7 Platoon, “B” Company with the position of Armourer Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Apr 12, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 19, 1916

Proceeded on the Armourer’s Course


Nov 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Mar 20, 1917

Ceased to be Armourer Corporal and attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters for duty


Jul 1, 1918

Transferred to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps)


Aug 10, 1918

Appointed to the position of Acting Armourer Staff Sergeant with pay


Aug 12, 1918

Attached to the 20th Battalion as Armourer Sergeant


Oct 1, 1918

Confirmed in the rank of Armourer Staff Sergeant


Mar 7, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to the England


Apr 4, 1919

Transferred the General Depot and attached to the Canadian Concentration Camp in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Staff Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279986

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Picton, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o Main St. West Post Office, Picton, Ontario


Nov 19, 1919

Married to Bessie Eileen Darragh in Wirral, Cheshire, England


Dec 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Celtic with his wife Bessie in Liverpool



Jan 1, 1920

Disembarked in New York City, New York, USA and proceeded to Picton, Ontario


May 25, 1974

Voter list shows him and wife Bessie living at 5220 Capitol Drive, Apartment 301, Burnaby, British Columbia.


Jun 3, 1977

George Edwin Gerow suffered a heart attack and was declared dead on arrival at the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, British Columbia.  He was buried in the Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, British Columbia


At the time of his death, his occupation was listed as Stock Clerk at a Wholesale Shoe Company.  His home address was shown as 720 7th Ave., Suite 1102, New Westminster, British Columbia

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