Max Schiff
served as John Collier



Oct 3, 1893

Born in Southampton, England as Maximilian Schiff


Mar 7, 1913

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool under the name of Maximilian Schiff

His age on the ship’s manifest is shown as 18 years and his age on the 1911 British Census is given as 15 years, which would indicate that the birth year of 1893 may be in error


Mar 17, 1913

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


Jul 12, 1916

Attested into the CETD (Canadian Engineering Training Depot) of the CEF in Windsor, Ontario under the assumed name of John Collier 

Ø      Number 505550

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss Millie Collier, sister, Norval Stn., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 16, 1916

Admitted to the Valcartier Camp Hospital diagnosed with a Hernia.  He was transferred the same day to the Quebec City Hospital and the diagnosis was changed to read Varicocele where surgery was performed.


Aug 29, 1916

Transferred to the Quebec City Convalescent Home to recover from the surgery


Sep 7, 1916

Discharged from hospital to duty


Nov 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Caronia in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 19th Draft of the CETD


Nov 3, 1916

He was admitted to the ship’s infirmary with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and was admitted directly into the Seaforth Military Hospital


Nov 23, 1916

Discharged from hospital proceeded to join the CETD in Crowborough


Dec 31, 1916

Admitted to the Crowborough Camp Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the Gosham Hospital


Feb 6, 1917

Transferred to the Hilsea Military Hospital in Portsmouth, with a soft chancre


Feb 26, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 26, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 14, 1917

While on a work party with the 2nd Entrenching Battalion, Private Schiff was killed in action, before he could physically join the 21st Battalion.  The 2nd Entrenching Battalion notes 12 Other Ranks being wounded and 2 killed on this date. 

He was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France

At the time this photo was taken, he was still listed under his assumed name, John Collier 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Miss Camille Schiff, 47 Weymouth St., Providence, Rhode Island, USA 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Sabina Collier, 13, Benwell Rd, London, England


Mar 26, 1923

His name in the file was officially changed to from John Collier to Max Schiff


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