Wednesday 17 October 2012

Private John George Herbert

Born on 16 August 1896 in Chicago, Illinois - son of John (Jack) George Herbert, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as messenger, single, no current or previous military service, Methodist, height of 5 feet 7 inches, chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, on 28 July 1915 (number 144577) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (grave VIII.T.6), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Herbert's headstone that I took in Cabaret Rouge Cemetery in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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