Sherman Ernest Hill, MMwBar


Sep 13, 1892

Born at Lakefield Ontario


Feb 3, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195631

Ø      Next of kin given as Maude M Hill (wife) of Lakefield Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 9, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl


May 15, 1916

On Command to London Ontario


Jun 13, 1916

Particulars of Family form shows: 

Ø      Wife – Maude M Hill

Ø      Son – Sherman Roger Hill

Ø      Father – Wellington J Hill

Ø      Mother – Helen Hill

o       All of Lakefield Ontario


Jul 6, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain at Halifax



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Appointed to rank Acting Cpl 

Most non-commissioned promotions in Canada were provisional and required confirmation on arrival in England and joining the BEF


Oct 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 97th Battalion at Otterpoole, near Shorncliffe


Oct 31, 1916

TOS the 188th Battalion at Westenhanger near Kent


Dec 8, 1916

TOS 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jan 4, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling

He is shown above left, with his friend from Lakefield Ontario, Pte Leonard Wingett, 195585.  The winter of 1916-17 is noted as being a very snowy winter.


Mar 16, 1917

Reverted to rank of Pte at his own request in order to proceed to France


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


May 21, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the support trenches near Thelus France, near Vimy Ridge 

There is no explanation in the file as to why there was a time delay for his joining the Battalion.  It is most likely that he spent the time at the 2nd Entrenching Battalion which often was used to condition the replacements prior to actually joining their unit.


Nov 4, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Nov 14, 1917

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl


Jan 23, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 9, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Aug 26, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Aug 29, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30873



Oct 20, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Dec 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 21, 1919

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded Bar to Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Mar 9, 1919

Detached for guard duty at Namur Belgium


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the troopship Western Australia at Le Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to Witley Camp

Apr 4, 1919

TOS CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) “P” Wing at Witley for document processing pending return to Canada


May 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” number 277486 issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharged – Lakefield Ontario


Apr 22, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Lakefield Ontario


Dec 24, 1926

Deceased at Lakefield Ontario


Lakefield Cemetery
Lakefield ON


The newspaper articles below explain the circumstances around his death





Soldiers and Civilians Attend Funeral of Hero of Great War 


            LAKEFIELD, Jan. 5. – The funeral of Sherman Ernest Hill was held on Thursday afternoon from the family residence, Clementi street, where a brief service was held and then proceeding to St. John’s church, and was attended by hundreds of people from the village and countryside, including a large number of returned men, and also a good representation of fellow employees of the Trent Canal Service. The church was packed to capacity and nearly as many more were unable to get in but remained on the street. The procession was led into the church by St. John’s vested choir followed by the casket covered with the Union Jack surmounted by his cap bearing the regimental badge of the 21st battalion to which the deceased was attached in France, and a wreath of maple leaves and poppies from the 93rd battalion with which he joined up in 1915. Following the casket were the pall-bearers, three from the 93rd and three from the 21st battalion. They were Comrades David Tucker, Reginald Murduff, J. Roy Robinson, Walter Chappell, John J. McFadden, and Earl Orr. The family, the firing party, and a large number of men of the Canadian Legion, each wearing a scarlet poppy “in rememberance”, followed, and the simple, impressive burial service of the Church of England was read by Rev. A. W. Mackenzie, who also said a few words of comfort to the friends. The speaker had known the deceased for many years as a fine type of Canadian manhood who gave his life in the service of his country as surely as he risked it many times in France or Flanders. “God is our great Judge and He knows our hearts, and it is He who must make the judgment of our lives and works knowing all our feelings and our motives and it is well that it is so. As we live and do our duty in this world are we judged. God wants us to make the world better for our having been in it, and it will be well for us if God finds us doing our duty faithfully as did Sherman Hill,” he said. 

            The hymn “Oh God Our Help In Ages Past” was sung and also the Nunc Dimittis as the procession slowly passed down the aisle. 

            The procession re-formed for the march to the Lakefield cemetery, The Citizen’s Band, which led the procession from the house, led it also to the cemetery and their music added to the impressive character of the cortege which included besides the firing party a long procession of ex-service men, including Col. T. J. Johnston of the 93rd battalion, and Sidney Whatley, secretary of the Canadian Legion in Peterboro, and scores of citizens in motor cars and cutters. The street were lined with pedestrians who watched reverently the long procession pass down Queen street where the blinds on every store were lowered to pay a token of respect to the man, he had lived here as man and boy as his father had before him. 

            The service at the cemetery was short and impressive, the Last Post was sounded by Bugler Thirnbeck of Peterboro, and the poppies were cast into the grave as an emblem of rememberance to the dead man. 

            Among those in the firing party were; Sergeant Stenner Comrades E. Robertshaw, Alfred Hudson, A. Barker, Wilbert Webster, S. Grylls, Laurence Charlton, E. Tighe, W. Robinson, Elmer Johnston, and W. Doherty. 

            The funeral was in charge of the Lakefield branch of the Canadian Legion and was excellently managed throughout. Decorations were worn by the men. 

            Sherman Ernest Hill was born in Lakefield 36 years and 8 months ago, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Hill, and lived in and about the village all his life with the exception of about four years when he was absent in his country’s service in war time. More than ten years ago he married Miss Maude Udy of Lakefield, who with four children, Sherman, Denise, Gordon, and Jean survive him. His parents also survive and six brothers, Roland of Port Hope, and Frank, Percy, D’Arcy, and Harry, all of Lakefield, and one sister, Miss Eva Helen Hill of the staff of the Lakefield Public School. 

            Sherman Hill also took an active part in athletics and was prominent and popular in hockey circles as were all the Hill brothers. He enlisted in C company of the 93rd battalion in the winter of 1915 – 1916, and was an excellent soldier, a favorite with officers and men. When the battalion was broken up in England, he was attached to the 21st battalion of which battalion his brother, Joseph was one of the original members. Sherman and Joe were awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field (a distinction rarely won by two members of the same family) and it is understood that Sherman was recommended for the V.C. After his return to Canada he received the appointment of lockmaster at Lock 23 on the Trent Canal, a position which he held till his death and where he gave his life in pursuit of his duty as the supreme sacrifice of service. 

            The floral offerings in memory of this brave soldier and faithful civil servant were many and beautiful and contributed both by military and civilian friends, with affectionate regard for a splendid Canadian, whose devotion to duty should be an ever continuing lesson to all those whose human endeavor is still incomplete. 


Above articles researched by Sheryl Dundas

Transcription by Brian Paudash, November 25, 2007

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