Donald C. SHERVILL
Provincial Constable - Badge #235
Hamilton - Feb 13, 1938
Little is known of Don Shervill but he had a most varied police career and never seemed to be out of work.
Born in England in 1892, Shervill immigrated to Canada at the age of eighteen. In 1912, he worked as a prison guard at Prince Albert Penitentiary. Then he joined the Royal Canadian Northwest Mounted Police and served a five-year engagement with the federal force in Lethbridge and Macleod, Alberta.
Shervill next obtained a constable’s position with the short-lived Saskatchewan Provincial Police.
On June 12, 1928, he became a member of the OPP. Constable Shervill was stationed out of St. Thomas and then moved to District #3 Headquarters in Hamilton. Along the way he also found time to be high constable first of Elgin, and then Wentworth, Counties.
Shortly before midnight on February 8, 1938, PC Shervill was working at Orchard Beach, six miles east of Hamilton. Shervill was looking for persons responsible for break and enters to cottages in that area, when he literally bumped into a man standing in the shadows.
The forty-six year old Shervill, automatically challenged the stranger but received no verbal reply. Instead the man shot PC Shervill in the abdomen and fled into the darkness. The officer succumbed to his injuries and died.
Despite the offer of a $2,500.00 reward for the arrest of the person responsible for the murder, no charges were laid for more than two years until September 16, 1940 against a federal inmate.
PC Shervill’s murderer was convicted on January 18, 1941 and was sentenced to be hanged on March 12, 1941. Two weeks later the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
He was survived by his wife and daughter.