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Herbert Laing Jeffrey (1873 - 1952)

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Herbert Laing "Bert" Jeffrey
Born in Stratford, Ontario, Canadamap
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Profile last modified | Created 12 Apr 2014 | Last significant change: 5 Nov 2018
06:23: Santino Rocca edited the Biography for Herbert Jeffrey. [Thank Santino for this]
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Categories: Canadian Forestry Corps.


Herbert[1] made several trips to the USA from 1908 until he enlisted in 1917. He worked there as a “railroad contractor”. His destination in 1908 and 1915 was Delmar, Iowa to join his older brother, Donald. “Delmar owes its existence to railroads.”[2] On another occasion he travelled to Java[3], South Dakota.[4]

When he enlisted with the C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force) on July 24, 1917 he lived at the Y.M.C.A. in Chicago. On his attestation paper William Jeffrey[5] as his next of kin has been crossed out and “A. J.[6], 21 Centre St., Stratford” written in. Herbert departed Halifax on Oct. 6th aboard the S. S. Metagama and arrived in Liverpool, England in November, 1917. He served as a private with the C.F.C. (Canadian Forestry Corps) and was posted to Rouen, France in January, 1918. Most of the C.F.C. were engaged in forestry operations including the making of pitprops, sleepers[7], sawlogs and axe handles but some cleared, drained, levelled, and graded sites for aerodromes. He was hospitalized for a time in the spring of 1918 with scabies. Later he served with the 18th Reserve in England and was discharged on July 1, 1919 at the age of 45.

Bert died on May 17, 1952.[8]


  1. Ancestry Chart completed by the Jeffrey family.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Java was first called Coffee Town
  4. Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1903-1965,
  5. Newspaper obituary of Donald's mother, Mrs. Wm. Jeffrey Sr. Her bearers were four sons , William Jr, Andrew J., Donald and Herbert of Delmar, Ohio. See obituary in full at Jane McLeod.
  6. William and A. J. (Andrew John) were Herbert’s older brothers.
  7. Sleepers are horizontal timbers often used to support a floor or roof perhaps in this case to support underground ceilings
  8. Personnel Records of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada. Herbert’s regimental number is 2502888.

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