Robert Henry Stewart, MM



Feb 17, 1891

Born at Campbellford Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59918 (temporary number 353)

Ø      Next of kin given as Bessie Stewart (sister) of Campbellford Ontario

o       First name also noted as “Mary”

Ø      Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the 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


Oct 2, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from CO’s Parade. 

The Battalion was resting in the billets at Dranoutre


Sep 19, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl James C Brown who was wounded 

He is noted as being in the Machine Gun Section


Nov 9, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Bronchitis


Nov 13, 1916

Transferred to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred via No 12 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Nov 23, 1916

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers


Nov 30, 1916

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Jan 9, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and assigned to “A” the casualty Company


Jan 15, 1917

Left CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Bully Grenay conducting training for the large trench raid at Calonne


Jan 17, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay


Jan 23, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 5, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe while on leave with a diagnosis of VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) 

TOS CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Feb 6, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital at Etchinghill


Mar 10, 1917

TOS EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 16, 1917

Discharged from hospital 

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


May 10, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 11, 1917

Arrived at CBD at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


May 27, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt EM Kaulback who was placed in hospital


Jun 1, 1917

Left CBD to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jun 4, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Jun 12, 1917

Left 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets in the Coupigny Huts carrying out training exercises and sports activities


Aug 15, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Nov 2, 1917           Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


Citation reads

August 15th-18th 1917.  For conspicuous bravery and marked determination.  On his Platoon Commander and Sergt becoming casualties he re-organized the remainder of the platoon and led a counter-attack against the enemy who had occupied our new trench, capturing nineteen prisoners and a Lewis gun which they had taken from one of the neighbouring units.  His conduct during the four days tour was exemplary.

AFW 3121   28-8-17

Below is from the August 1917 War Diary



Jan 12, 1918 While on parade at Westrehem, he was presented with his Military Medal by Lieut-Gen Sir Arthur Currie, KCB, KCMG.


Feb 6, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 21, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 1, 1918

Appointed to position of Acting CSM (Company Sgt Major) with pay


Jun 5, 1918

Promoted to rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class and confirmed in appointment to CSM of “B” Company


Aug 8, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to face and admitted to No 1 CFA, then transferred same day to the CCS


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to No 9 General Hospital at Rouen


Aug 12, 1918

Transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen


Aug 15, 1918

Transferred to No 11 Convalescent Depot


Aug 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital to Base Depot


Aug 25, 1918

Arrived at CIBD at Havre and posted to “A”, the Company for recovering soldiers


Sep 4, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the process of moving into the Droucourt-Quent line


Nov 1, 1918

TOS EORD and placed On Command to 1st Reserve Battalion pending OTC (Officer Training Course)


Nov 26, 1918

Ceases to be On Command and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion and placed On Command to the 3rd CRB (Canadian Reserve Battalion) at Witley


Jan 4, 1919

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Liverpool



Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to the Exhibition Camp at Toronto Ontario


Jan 18, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 1, 1919


Feb 25, 1919

Proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued #90336

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Box 17, Campbellford Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Cadet 

Post war he worked for the Oshawa Ontario Public Utilities Commission as an Electrician.  Below is from the January 1933 Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter



Jun 1, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 211 Albert St, Oshawa Ontario


May 13, 1958

Died at Norham Ontario


Below is from the July 1938 Communiqué, which relates a story from the front

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