Hibberd, Frederick: Service no. 746008

Digitized Service Record

Source: Via Flickr account of John P. Sargeant. Original source via Allan Miller.


Summary of Service for Private Frederick Hibberd, reg. no. 746008[i]

December 25, 1881BornBorn at Poplar, London, England.v
September 5, 1915EnlistsEnlists with the 116th Overseas Battalion at Oshawa, Ontario. He is a 34-year old moulder married to Rebecca Hibberd residing at 11 Blackthorn Street, Bow, East London, England. He stands 5’6” tall and has a ruddy complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. He identifies as an adherent to the Church of England.
May 15, 1916AppointedAppointed a Lance-Corporal re. DO 134.
June 28, 1916Completes FormCompletes PARTICULARS OF FAMILY OF AN OFFICER OR MAN ENLISTED IN THE C.E.F. The form indicates that he IS NOT married (see Enlists entry) and that he is not a widower. He has no children, and his parents are both deceased. He is insured with the Prudential Insurance Company. It appears that his attestation listed his sister, Rebecca as his wife.[ii]
July 23, 1916Embarks CanadaEmbarks at Halifax, Nova Scotia for England. SS Olympic.v
July 31, 1916Arrives EnglandArrives at Liverpool.
August 28, 1916Reverts RanksReverts to private as his appointment is cancelled.
October 1, 1916Assigns PayAssigns pay to Mrs. Annie Peacock [aunt?] living at 11 Blackthorn Street, Bow, London, England
October 5, 1916Transferred Transferred to the 18th Battalion.
October 6, 1916Arrives CBDArrives at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
October 22, 1916Arrives at 18thArrives at the 18th Battalion in the field.
February 2, 1917To FATo a Canadian Field Ambulance.
February 4, 1917Rejoins UnitRejoins unit from CFA.
March 28, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 5 CFA for acute bronchitis.
April 1, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 11 General Hospital, Camiers, France.
April 20, 1917Transferred to EnglandTransferred to England aboard the HS Cambria.
April 25, 1917TOSTOS (unit unknown) and admitted to 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea.
May 5, 1917AdmittedAdmitted Moore Barracks Hospital. This card indicates he served with “C” Company of the 18th Battalion.
May 15, 1917Medical ReportMedical Report from the West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone. Hearing tested and soldier considered fit for Category B.
June 11, 1917DischargedDischarged from care in preparation to return to Canada on debility.
June 18, 1917Sails for CanadaSales for Canada from Liverpool aboard the HS Araguaya.
June 26, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Military Hospital CC Toronto.
July 9, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Out Patient status Spadina, Ontario.
August 8. 1917AdmittedAdmitted to facility at Whitby, Ontario.
October 27, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Mountain Sanitorium, Hamilton, Ontario.
March 31, 1918ReportMEDICAL HISTORY OF AN INVALID completed. At this time Private Hibberd weighs 133.5 pounds. The report indicates the following. A. He address will be Cedardale Whitby Casting. B. He has phthisis, pulmonary tuberculosis. It was contracted in France December 1916. C. Description of condition. D. That the condition occurred during duty and that he classified D3 and recommended 12-months convalescence at the Mountain Sanitorium, Hamilton, Ontario.
April 24, 1918Report ApprovedMEDICAL HISTORY OF AN INVALID approved
May 8, 1918DischargedDischarged at No. 2 MD, Toronto, Ontario. His conduct is listed as “Good” and that he is a moulder with an intended residence of Cedarvale, Whitby East, Ontario.
July 24, 1922Address CardAddress card shows this man living at Cedarvale, Whitby East, Ontario.
October 17, 1938DeceasedPrivate Hibberd dies of lobar pneumonia at the Christie Street Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. His death was caused by his service with the CEF. He is buried at Oshawa Union Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario. He was 56-years old.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

[ii] This entry about his marital status is confusing. One document has Rebecca as is sister. His attestation papers has Rebecca as his wife. What was the status of this man’s marital status when he enlisted?

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