Private Herbert Babcock
Herbert Babcock was born in Reach, England on July 16th, 1892. When Herbert was in his late teens he emigrated to Canada where he worked as a labourer. He joined the 9th Mississauga Horse militia unit, and enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on August 23rd, 1915.
Herbert enlisted at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario and became part of the 75th Battalion. He set sail for England on October 1st, 1915, and shortly after arriving was assigned to the 23rd Reserve Battalion. One of the first things Herbert did upon arriving in England was write to an old sweetheart from his home village. They were married December 24th, 1915. He served with the 23rd Battalion until February 17th, 1917 when he was switched to the 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) in preparation for the attack at Vimy Ridge.
Herbert stayed with the 14th Battalion until the end of the war. After being demobilized on June 20th, 1919 he settled with his new wife, Lilly, in Coldham, England and became a farm manager.
This account was contributed by Herbert Babcock's great-grandson Andrew Roofe.