Collop, Clifford: Service no. 189562

Digitized Service Record

Source: Instagram post by yourbuzzieusfuzzie. This is her great uncle.


Gathering Our Heroes – note that this site does not correctly identify his service. This soldier served with the 18th Battalion.

This soldier enlisted with the 186th Battalion on December 6, 1917, at St. Thomas, Ontario. He was an 18-year-old railway clerk and was not married.

He arrived in England aboard the SS Lapland on April 7. 1917 and was taken on strength with the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion. He was promoted as an Acting Company Quartermaster Sergeant on the same day. He relinquished this rank at his own request and referred to a private on May 14, 1917. He was again promoted to Acting Lance Corporal with pay one the next day and then relinquished this rank and reverted to private on June 6, 1917. He was doing this to be sent overseas to an active combat battalion.

This wish was granted on June 15, 1917, as he was transferred to the 18th Battalion.

He arrived, after a short stay at No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot at Etaples, at the 18th Battalion “in the field” on June 13, 1917.

He was wounded 2-days later on the 15th and was transported to England for treatment aboard the HT Kaylan on August 19, 1917.

He returned to fight again on December 11, 1917 and served with the 18th Battalion until taken ill on January 15, 1918.

He was sent back to England aboard the AT Newhaven on March 3, 1918.

He never returned to active service and was repatriated to Canada on July 2, 1919, after serving as a clerk.

He was discharged from the CEF on July 12, 1919, at Military District No. 5 and it was noted he had suffered a GSW to his left arm.

Collop, Clifford: Service no. 189562. Via Instagram. Circa April to May 1917.

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