Robert Joseph "Buts" Deegan


May 8, 1891

Born in Brockville, Ontario to Richard and Jane (nee Hamilton) Deegan


Nov 4, 1914

Shown on the payroll for the 41st Regiment, Canadian Militia


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

      Number 59250 (temporary number 59)

      Next of kin given as Mrs Rachel Deegan (mother) of 77 Pearl St West, Brockville Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Brakeman

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Nov 10, 1914

Removed from the 41st Regiment payroll


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec

May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer and was eventually assigned to the Machine Gun Section with HW McBride and is listed in the dedication to his book A Rifleman Went to War


Oct 30, 1915

Killed by shell explosion while cleaning his rifle.

Ridge Wood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Jane Deegan, 77 Pearl St., Brockville, Ontario


Although the letter above states that he was killed on October 29th, and the War Diary excerpt below indicates the same, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists his date of death as October 30th.


The 1914-15 Star and British War Medal are shown below.  The Victory Medal is missing, if you know of it's location, please contact the webmaster.


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