Herbert Haggard

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 12, 1893

Born in London England.


Feb 22, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion in Chatham, Ontario. 

Ø      Number 401450

Ø      Next of kin given as William Haggard, brother, Blenheim, Ontario

o       William also volunteered for service and proceeded to England with the 186th Battalion

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer on his brother’s farm

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 11, 1915

Transferred to the Reinforcement Company.


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the 33rd Battalion’s Second Draft.

Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe, where the entire draft was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion.


Sep 8, 1915

For some reason he was required to fill out a second set of attestation papers.  It was done with the same service number and all the same information as the first set.  This was most likely done as a result of the first set being lost.


Jan 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Jan 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 227 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jan 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion.


Jan 18, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve in Ridgewood, France.


Sep 15, 1916

During the advance on the German held Sugar Factory at Courcelette, Private Haggard was buried by the explosion of an enemy artillery shell.  After being dug out by his comrades, he was discovered to have received shrapnel wounds to his right hand and arm, as well as his left thigh and buttock, in addition to suffering from shell shock and a punctured ear drum.

He was first taken to a field ambulance for first aid, then moved to a casualty clearing station for assessment and treatment.  


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel.


The drawing below is from his medical report showing his wounds


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel.

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital.


Sep 20, 1916

Admitted to the Metropolitan Hospital, Kingsland Rd., London.


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to the Bearwood Hospital, Wokingham.


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from hospital to light duties only.

Dec 23, 1916

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Hasting pending return to Canada.


Jan 13, 1917

Invalided to Canada aboard the SS Northland


Jan 23, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to MD #1 in London, Ontario.


Feb 1, 1917

Admitted to the London Military Convalescent Home.


May 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital to continue treatment as an out-patient.


Nov 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario with the rank of Private.  His intended residence on discharge is shown as 460 Talbot St., London, Ontario.


Jul 5, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 23 Woodward Ave., London, Ontario.


Mar 6, 1965

Died in the Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario.


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