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Personal Details
Date of BirthJanuary 29, 1892
Place of BirthNorth Bay, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinWilliam Biers (father), Dunfermline, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingFarmer
Service Details
Regimental Number277026
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Place of EnlistmentRegina, Saskatchewan
Address at EnlistmentDunfermline, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentJune 6, 1918
Age at Enlistment26
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathJuly 18, 1966
Age at Death74
Buried AtWoodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Plot71-L009-N1/2 Grave 25656

Biers, Richard Henry

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.

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