Richard Henry Higgs, MM



Mar 27, 1869

Born at Middlesex County, England


Mar 1, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Stirling Ontario 

Ø      Number 636806

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Higgs (sister) of London England

o       There is a note to also notify Jennie Higgs at 318 King Street E., Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 12 years with the Middlesex Regiment, London England

o       He served in Quetta and Kamptee India having received a bullet wound in the right knee while on active service there

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

It should be noted that he lied about his age, stating that he had been born in 1871, otherwise he would likely have been rejected for being over age.


Aug 31, 1916

Awarded 7 days detention and forfeits 14 day’s pay.  There is no mention of the reason for this, but given the forfeiture of pay, one would assume that it was for being absent for 7 days


Oct 18, 1916

After the Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp at Kingston, they embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1916

The 155th Battalion was absorbed into the 154th Battalion at the Bramshott Camp


Jan 31, 1917

The 154th Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Apr 21, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

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

The CBD War Diary notes that 3,000 men arrived from England on this date


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the Reserve Trenches and the War Diary makes note of 149 men arriving as reinforcements to bolster the ranks after the losses at Vimy Ridge


Aug 15, 1917

Received slight shrapnel wounds but was treated by the Battalion Medical Officer and remained with the Battalion.  This occurred during the fighting at Hill 70.


Aug 24, 1917

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his right hip that had become infected.  I assume that this is the same wound that he had been treated for by the Battalion MO as the Battalion was in billets in a rest area on this date.


Sep 1, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and rejoined the Battalion


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


Citation reads

On August 16th-18th, 1917.  For conspicuous courage and strong determination.  While in charge of a post this man was wounded in three places, and refused to leave his post until relieved twenty one hours later.  His endurance had a splendid effect on the rest of the men.

AFW 3121    28-8-17


Dec 18, 1917

Admitted to No 12 CFA with boils on his back


Dec 22, 1917

Transferred to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 24, 1917

Transferred to No 4 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Dec 29, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Guildford War Hospital Surry, and diagnosis reads Carbuncles on Back


Jan 30, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom and given light duty work


Feb 15, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 19, 1918

Medical Board at Seaford notes 

Ø      Has several Carbuncles on lower back that are draining

Ø      Complains of weakness and inability to carry on

Ø      Appears to be war worn and has a dejected appearance

Ø      Fit for light duties only


Mar 27, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with General Debility 

He is noted on admission as being 49 years of age and “looks older”, and is easily fatigued


Jun 24, 1918

Posted to the EORD and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) on discharge from hospital


Jul 17, 1918

Placed On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Sep 24, 1918

Embarked the Llanstephen Castle at London



Oct 8, 1918

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario.  Posted to the MD #2 Casualty Company and given leave with subsistence until October 22, 1918


Oct 22, 1918

Medical Board at Park School Barracks Toronto notes 

Ø      Has 7 Vaccination scars on right arm

Ø      Noted as having 2 problems, Myalgia and Senility

Ø      His Myalgia is noted as beginning in December 1917 due to exposure and the Senility is due to his age

Ø      He complains of tiring easily and having no ambition

Ø      The probable duration of the Myalgia is given as 12 months, while the Senility is deemed to be permanent

Ø      He is recommended for discharge as being Unfit for any military service


Oct 30, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 246 King Street E, Toronto Ontario


Jul 15, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 28 Ontario Place, Toronto Ontario


Jan 12, 1949

Died at Toronto Ontario

Prospect Cemetery
Toronto Ontario

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