Fred Merrill

May, 16 1889

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia


Dec 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59654 (temporary number 1144)

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss G Merrill, sister, 120 Avon St., Portland, Oregon, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Marine Fireman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

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


May 31, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Jun 7, 1915

Transferred to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital


Jun 23, 1915

Transferred to the Workhouse Military Hospital in Newcastle on Tyne


Jul 14, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 2, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Feb 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade for duty as Traffic Control


Apr 29, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Headquarters for duty


Aug 22, 1916

Ceased to be attached to division headquarters and rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the Quebec Camp near Poperinge, Belgium


Oct 9, 1916

Transferred to 2nd Division Headquarters Sub Staff to employed as MMP (Military Mounted Police)


Mar 8, 1917

Forfeited 2 days pay for being dirty on parade


Jul 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay while employed as Mounted Military Police


Aug 3, 1917

Transferred to the MPCC (Military Police Canadian Corps) and attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters for duty


Oct 25, 1918

Granted permission to marry and next of kin changed to read Mrs. Nellie Merrill, wife, 40 James St., Barrow in Furness, England


Mar 19, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to the United Kingdom


Apr 2, 1919

Ceased to be attached to 2nd Division Headquarters and posted to the Canadian General Depot in Witley and retained in England on expiration of leave


Apr 6, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Apr 18, 1919

Transferred to the 2nd Division Signal Company


May 22, 1919

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 28, 1919

Embarked the SS Adriatic with his wife Nellie



Aug 4, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Aug 6, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War service Badge Class “A” issued number 396975

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge GPO Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at General Delivery, Windsor, Ontario


Apr 1, 1921

1921 Canadian Census shows him living at 1071 Lilian Ave., Windsor, Ontario with his wife Nellie


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