Richard Warrilow

Jan 17, 1884

Born in Stafford, England to Richard and Sarah (nee Morris) Warrilow


Mar 16, 1911

Embarked the SS Montrose in Liverpool


Mar 27, 1911

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Paris, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60028 (temporary number 924)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Warrilow, mother, Hopton, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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


Jun 25, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 11, 1915

Sentenced to a reduction in rank to Private and forfeits 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 4, 1916

While in the front-line trench north-east of Courcelette, France, Private Richard Warrilow was killed during an enemy artillery barrage.  His identifiable body was never recovered and his name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France and have no known grave.


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah Warrilow, Hopton, Staffordshire, England


Richard Warrilow is honoured on the Belleville, Ontario War Memorial




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