Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wm. Herod

Photo of William Samuel Herod from "From Brock to Currie: the military development and exploits of Canadians in general and of the men of Peel in particular, 1791 to 1930." Toronto, 1935 by William Perkins Bull - Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to his attestation papers dated April 7, 1916 at West Toronto, William Samuel Herod of Dixie, Ontario (present day City of Mississauga) was born on March 26, 1890 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his mother Mrs. Martha Herod, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and indicated that he had 3 years previous military experience with the 9th Field Battery and was currently a member of the 12th York Rangers.  He was 26 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a slight scar over his heart.  He was Presbyterian. 

He was a Private in the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps when he was killed on September 3, 1918.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed by shrapnel and concussion on the night of September 3, 1918 whilst acting as driver on an ammunition convoy in the vicinity of Cagnicourt.  His body was left by the side of the Arras-Cambrai Road.

It appears that his remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son  of Robert Murray Herod and Martha Jane Herod, of 182 Queens Avenue, Mimico Beach, Ontario.

His brother Herbert also enlisted but survived the war.

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