Hamblit Thomas Hircock, MM


Oct 3, 1891

Born at Greenwich England


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59460 (temporary number 305)

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Hircock (mother) of Box 479 Coburg Ontario

o       Later changed to read John W Hircock (father)

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brick Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


May 27, 1915

Reported to be in detention at Shorncliffe 

The nature of the charges are not recorded in the file


Jun 3, 1915

Released from detention and returned to the Battalion


Jul 8, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 10, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL


Jul 15, 1915

Forfeits 3 days pay for being AWL and restricted to quarter pay for 3 months 

It is worthy to note that his brother, Nathan Hircock 59469, who also was a member of the 21st Battalion was absent at the same time and received the same punishment.  It would be safe to assume that they had been together while absent.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Dec 18, 1915

Letter received to the effect that his mother had deceased 

Next of kin changed to read John W Hircock (father) of Coburg Ontario


Mar 1, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) suffering from the effects of Drift Gas


Mar 3, 1917

Transferred to the Rest Station at No 4 CFA


Mar 7, 1917

Discharged to duty and returned to the 21st Battalion


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to the No 26 General Hospital at Etaples with shrapnel wounds to chest and left hand 

Reported to be seriously ill


Apr 12, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


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

There is no record of which hospital he was admitted to on arrival in England


Apr 22, 1917

Transferred to Berrington War Hospital at Shrewsberry


Jun 8, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 22, 1917

Discharged to duty 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 19, 1917

Placed On Command to the DORE (District Office Royal Engineers) for duty at Seaford


Jan 14, 1918

Ceases to be On Command and returned to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Feb 15, 1918

Reported to be AWL


Feb 18, 1918

Reported for duty from being AWL 

Fined 25 days pay and allowances for being AWL


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion, arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and TOS 21st Battalion 

The same day proceeded to the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


May 15, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion moved out of the front line on this date and proceeded to billets at Wailly


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31173



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

TOS “P” Wing for processing pending discharge


Apr 30, 1919

Presented with his Military Medal by Brig-Gen R Rennie, CB, CMG, MVO, DSO, GOC 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade while on parade at the Witley Camp 

In the war diary announcement of this parade, he is noted as being a member of the Medical Officer’s section


May 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279992

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Division St, Coburg Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Pte


May 26, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Division St, Coburg Ontario 

It appears that the medals were returned


Sep 17, 1921

The medals were resent to him at Albert St, Bowmanville Ontario


Nov 18, 1922

Married Lena Blanche Hamley at Lakeside Cottage, Bowmanville Ontario


Oct 2, 1923

Infant daughter died at birth


Jul 15, 1972

His wife, Lena, died at Bowmanville Ontario


May 31, 1973

Died at Cobourg Ontario

Bowmanville Cemetery
Bowmanville ON


The 4 Hircock brothers that served in the 21st Battalion are shown below

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