Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St-Elois.
Eldest son of John Edward & Harriet Corbin of Vine
Cottages, St Saviour, Jersey.
in action, aged 26 years.
Notice of Death appears in Jersey
Evening Post of Monday 4 December 1916
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record
ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 14 October 1914
from a Jerseyman on Active Service with the Canadian Contingent. Among the many
Jerseymen forming part of the Canadian Contingent is Mr Harold Corbin, son of
Mr & Mrs John Corbin of Vine Cottages, St Saviours, who has been 4 years with
the Canadian Pacific Railway. The following letter has been received by his family
"No doubt you will be very much surprised to hear that I am in Plymouth
and so near home sweet home. As I told you I am in the 1st Canadian Contingent
who left Quebec on 30 September and arrived here yesterday, but have not docked
yet. It was quite a sight - 37 ships in all in three lines. I am going to try
very hard to get a few days off when we get settled so as to run across and see
you all. I met a fellow on board the boat with whom I went to school, Jim Riley.
We do not know where our destination is but I think we will have to go through
a course of training in England for a while. We had a very good voyage across
although a long one; all the boats were in darkness and escorted by warships,
our ship was also well armed. I felt good until I got vaccinated then for a week
I felt pretty bad. I am better now but for one arm which is a little sore."
Mr Corbin, with his letter, sends on one of the standard Valcartier Camp souvenirs
which contains a number of splendid photographs, the majority of which were taken
at the Camp, the cover is adorned with a photograph of Colonel the Honourable
Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia, and inside are pictures of officers at Valcartier,
the men giving three cheers for His Majesty, the wonderful City of Tents, British
and French warships off Quebec and artillery at Valcartier.
courtesy of Mike & Rosemarie Thomas