|Date of Birth||January 29, 1892|
|Place of Birth||North Bay, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||William Biers (father), Dunfermline, Saskatchewan|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Regina, Saskatchewan|
|Address at Enlistment||Dunfermline, Saskatchewan|
|Date of Enlistment||June 6, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||26|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||July 18, 1966|
|Age at Death||74|
|Buried At||Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan|
|Plot||71-L009-N1/2 Grave 25656|
Private Richard Henry Biers was born on 29 January 1892 in North Bay, Ontario. He had three older brothers, all born in North Bay: William James, Robert and Adam John. His parents, William Biers and Maria Hughes, had emigrated from Ireland. Sometime after Richard was born they moved from North Bay to northwestern Ontario and had at least two more children, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Jane in 1895 and Rachel May in 1899. When the 1901 census was taken the family was living in Keewatin and all six children were still at home.
Around 1907 Richard’s family moved to Saskatchewan and took up farming northwest of Saskatoon, near the village of Dunfermline. Two of the boys, William James and Adam, stayed in Keewatin. William James was called up for service on 3 January 1918 in Port Arthur and sent overseas that summer. Richard was called up on 6 June 1918 in Regina and assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment. On 21 September he was given a thirty-day leave without pay. When his leave ended on 21 October he was discharged from service (transferred to the Records of the Registrar). The Armistice ended hostilities three weeks later.
Richard returned to the family farm where he lived with his parents and his sister Elizabeth. Around 1941 he moved to Saskatoon and he lived with Elizabeth and their brother Robert. Both Richard and Robert worked for the City of Saskatoon. Richard spent his last years in a seniors home in Saskatoon. He passed away on 18 July 1966, at age 74. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery along with his parents, his brothers Robert and William, his sister Elizabeth and other family members. His brother Adam died in Kenora in 1956 and he’s buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Their sister Rachel (Mrs. James William Biers) passed away in 1952 and she’s buried in Terrace Lawn Cemetery in North Bay.
By Becky Johnson
Obituary courtesy of Elsie Henry.