According to his attestation papers dated March 1, 1916 at Petawawa Camp (there is note that he originally enlisted on March 1, 1916 but these papers were lost), Herbert Herod of Mimico, Ontario was born on April 5, 1893 at Humber Bay, Ontario. He listed his mother Martha Herod, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a butcher and had no previous military experience. He was 23 years of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches. He had brown eyes, dark hair and a fresh complexion. He had a mole on his left side. He was Presbyterian.
In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a butcher living with his father Robert Herod on the west side of Queens Avenue, Mimico.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is still listed as a butcher with Herod Brothers living at home on Queens Avenue. Herod Brothers (with his brother Archibald) was located on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.
His brother William also enlisted but was killed near Vimy.