According to his attestation papers dated November 29, 1915 at Toronto, Bert John Pilcher of 3 Queen Street, Humber Bay, Ontario was born in Faversham, Kent, England on August 23, 1881. He listed his wife, Florence Alice Pilcher, 3 Queen Street, Humber Bay, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a clerk and had no previous military experience. He was 34 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall. He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion. He had a scar on his right buttock. He was a member of the Salvation Army.