Frederick "Ted" James Hill

Sep 14, 1886

Born in Madoc, Ontario to James Sinclair and Charlotte (nee Rollins) Hill


Jun 16, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles as a Band Member at the Summer Camp in Petawawa, Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59467 (temporary number 183)

Ø  Next of kin given as James Hill, father, Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø  Previous military experience given as Band Member, 49th Regiment Hastings Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

On attesting he stated he was born September 14, 1889, not his actual birth year of 1886

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 20, 1916

Frederick Hill reported to the 21st Battalion Medical Officer that a week earlier a high explosive shell burst about 20 feet from him and the concussion caused his nose to bleed, and has continued to bleed off and on since.  He reports that he is very nervous and can’t sleep.

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance Rest Station with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia, more commonly referred to at the time as Shell Shock


Jan 21, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France


Feb 1, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Mont des Cats, France


Feb 7, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Feb 9, 1916

Transferred via the No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne


Feb 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow

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


Mar 12, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Mar 17, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate

Notes on admission

Ø  Patient is nervous

Ø  His head twitches and has tremors in his hands

Ø  Suffers from insomnia, weakness and headaches


Apr 6, 1916

Discharged to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre from hospital


Apr 7, 1916

Medical Board in Shorncliffe notes his nervousness, lack of sleep and shaking.  The Board recommended 3 months of light base duties

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for 12 weeks of Base Duty


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jan 30, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal while employed as the Postal Orderly


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 18, 1918

Medical Board in Seaford notes

Ø  Patient is very nervous and weak

Ø  Man trembles from head to foot

Ø  Eats well but sleeps poorly

Ø  Not likely to improve in 6 months


Feb 19, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private and rejoined the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Feb 23, 1918

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


Feb 27, 1918

Embarked the SS Orpington in Liverpool


Mar 16, 1918

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


Apr 19, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Madoc, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Madoc, Ontario


Oct 12, 1925

Married to Annie Blanche Dougan in Belleville, Ontario


Dec 12, 1961

Frederick James Hill died while a patient in the Kingston General Hospital Veterans Pavilion, Kingston, Ontario and was buried in the Lakeview Protestant Cemetery, Madoc, Ontario


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