Gilbert Vincent "Gip" Herrington

Sep 2, 1898

Born in Havelock, Ontario to Charles Egbert and Celina Rose (nee Levarre) Herrington


Jan 19, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 40th Northumberland Regiment


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59428 (temporary number 1294)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. George Lynch, mother, Trenton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) Call Boy

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the 6 Platoon, “B” Company

He lied about his age as he was only 16 at the time, stating that his birth date was September 2, 1896

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 26, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Gastritis.  This was later changed to read Tonsillitis.  On admission he had a temperature of 105 deg.


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 3, 1915

Transferred to the Central Military VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital in Shorncliffe


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France while Private Herrington remained in hospital


Sep 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 9, 1915

After leaving the base depot, Private Herrington joined the 21st Battalion at the front near Voormezeele, Belgium


Dec 15, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment No. 1 for disobeying an order


Feb 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and placed in their rest station with a diagnosis that reads Lobar Pneumonia.  This was later changed to read Influenza


Mar 3, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Apr 19, 1916

While the battalion was resting in the “B” Camp near La Clytte, Belgium, Private Herring swallowed a penny that caused a blockage and indigestion.  He was admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with an official diagnosis that reads Foreign Body in the Ailimentary Canal


Apr 21, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station for treatment


Apr 28, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Aug 9, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company for duty


Sep 15, 1916

Private Herrington was buried by the explosion of an artillery shell and dug out by his comrades during heavy fighting on the Somme north of Contalmaison, France.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Sep 20, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Le Treport, France with a diagnosis that reads Shell Shock


Oct 10, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc


On arrival in England he was admitted to the King George Military Hospital, Stanford St., London

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 5, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Nov 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 29, 1916

His true age was discovered and he was classified as PB (Permanent Base), meaning he was not fit for combat duty

Posted to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to the Garrison Duty Depot in Hastings


Apr 14, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the duty depot and reported to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Apr 27, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot in Crowborough


May 9, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


May 18, 1917

Attached to the 7th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 13, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the 7th Reserve Battalion and joined the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 11, 1917

Admitted to the Connaught Hospital in Aldershot with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jul 16, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 20, 1918

Admitted to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


May 4, 1918

Transferred to the Cherryhinton Military Hospital in Cambridge


Jul 29, 1918

Forfeited a total of 9 days pay for being absent for 2 days.

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 13, 1918

Attached to Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and Taken On Strength the Casualty Company, Military District No. 3


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave until February 3, 1919


Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90287

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Havelock, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o Vice Marshal (Army), Army Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario


May 1, 1922

Married to Delina Mary Myles in Hastings, Ontario


Jun 24, 1940

Enlisted in the Canadian Army Home Guard in Ottawa, Ontario for service in Canada

He served for a time at Fort Henry in Kingston before being transferred to Ottawa as an administration clerk


Mar 25, 1947

Transferred to the RCASC (Royal Canadian Army Service Corps) Regular Army

Service number C89813


May 19, 1951

Awarded the CD (Canadian Forces Decoration) for 12 years of service


Jan 7, 1956

Discharged from the Canadian Army in Kingston, Ontario


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