Frederick Charles Hill

Apr 15, 1893

Born in Grinstead, Belfast, Ireland to Frederick and Ethel (nee Stevenson) Hill


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59465 (temporary number 876)

Ø  Next of kin given as Christine Wickwarth, Aunt, Pembroke, Ontario

o   This was later changed to read Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Hill, wife

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

o   Later noted as surveyor

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

On attesting, Frederick Hill stated he was born February 7, 1892 in West Grimsdale, England.  Not his actual birth date of April 15, 1893 in Grinstead, Belfast, Ireland

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


Dec 30, 1914

Married to Mildred Elizabeth Costello in Kingston, Ontario


Apr 23, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for an unrecorded offence


May 3, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days detention for an unrecorded offence


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


Jul 4, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 1, 1915

Forfeited 3 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for being absent from August 30 to September 1.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 16, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Wilmer who had been promoted


Jun 28, 1916

Lance Corporal Hill injured his left hand while handling a flare gun and was admitted to the Boeschepe, France Special Hospital for treatment


Jul 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 9, 1916

Frederick Hill’s previously wounded left hand became infected and he was admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance for treatment and was transferred the same day to the 2nd Division Rest Station to recover


Aug 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Sep 15, 1916

During the fighting at the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Lance Corporal Hill received a shrapnel wound to his left ankle and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment.  He was then transported to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples before being transferred to the No. 3 General Hospital in Boulogne.  While here he was mistakenly reported as having died of his wounds, but that was soon corrected.


Sep 20, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 2 Eastern General Hospital in Brighton

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


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 6, 1916

Discharged to duty from the convalescent hospital


Dec 9, 1916

Attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for Physical Training at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Feb 2, 1917

Transferred to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) in Purfleet


Feb 4, 1917

Transferred to the 5th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops training at Purfleet and reverted to the rank of Sapper


Feb 24, 1917

The 5th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops proceeded to France


Apr 15, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


May 22, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Jul 8, 1917

Admitted to hospital sick with a diagnosis that reads Strain from lifting


Jul 11, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 19, 1917

Granted leave to England


Dec 6, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 11, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 London Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Orchitis


Dec 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 29 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment


Dec 17, 1917

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Feb 6, 1918

Attached to the CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot) pending return to England


Feb 9, 1918

Proceeded to England and transferred to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot in Purfleet pending leave to Canada


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending leave to Canada


Apr 8, 1918

Granted leave to Canada until June 18, 1918

Embarked the SS Mauritania in Liverpool at his own expense



Apr 15, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario on leave


Jun 18, 1918

Declared to be illegally absent June 18, 1918 when he did not return from leave


Jul 7, 1918

The above decision was reversed when he returned from Canada and was attached to the Frensham Pond Segregation Camp to ensure he wasn’t infected with influenza


Aug 6, 1918

Reported to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot in Purfleet following his release from the segregation camp


Sep 28, 1918

Attended the Gas Course at the Canadian School in Bexhill


Oct 19, 1918

Rejoined the Canadian Railway Troops Depot in Purfleet from the gas course


Dec 8, 1918

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Dec 14, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength the Casualty Company


Dec 17, 1918

Granted leave until January 3, 1919


Jan 3, 1919

Taken On Strength the Sub Depot Company in Ottawa


Jan 15, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 202a Gloucester St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 1 Rosebery Ave. Apt E, Ottawa, Ontario


July 7, 1925

Attested in the RCAF (Royal Canadian Airforce) Permanent Force in Vancouver, British Columbia

Number 845

While with the RCAF he was promoted to the rank of Corporal


Aug 31, 1939

Discharged from the RCAF


Sep 1, 1939

Attested into Canada’s Home Guard in Vancouver, British Columbia


May 31, 1945

Discharged from service with the Home Guard in Vancouver, British Columbia


May 13, 1968

Canadian Voter list shows him living at 711 Fraser St., Prince Rupert, British Columbia.  His occupation is listed as retired


Jan 23, 1999

Frederick Charles Hill died while a resident of the Brock Fahrni Veterans Pavillion in Vancouver, British Columbia of Congestive Heart Failure, brought on, in part, by severe Pneumonia.  He was also suffering from Bladder and Skin Cancer

He was buried in the Capilano View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia


Thank you to Jim Busby for this additional information

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