Herbert William Kittle

Apr 24, 1896

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to William James and Hanna Kittle


Jan 18, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion CEF in Cornwall, Ontario 

      Number 633200

      Next of kin given as Mr. William Kittle, father, RR #1 Cornwall, Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Clerk

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Jun 30, 1916

Shown on the 154th Battalion Pay Roll as an Acting Sergeant


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The ship’s manifest shows his rank as Private


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling 

Shortly after this, the 6th Reserve Battalion moved to Seaford


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Kittle joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements from the base depot


Aug 15, 1917

The 21st Battalion, as part of the 4th Brigade, mounted an attack on Hill 70 near Lens, France.  The Germans heavily defended the high ground and once captured, the enemy mounted several counter attacks in an attempt to retake the position.  Private Kittle received multiple shrapnel wounds in this fighting and was first treated by the Medical Officer at the Regimental Aid Post, then was transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 19, 1917

Private Herbert Kittle died of his wounds while at the casualty clearing station and was buried in the nearby Lapugnoy Cemetery.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William James Kittle, RR #1, Cornwall, Ontario 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Hanna Jane Kittle, at the same address


Herbert Kittle is honoured on the Cornwall, Ontario War Memorial


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