Robert Tracey Adams



Jan 7, 1894

Born at Hastings County, Canada


Mar 16, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario 

Ø      Number 636850

Ø      Next of kin given as Fred Adams (father) of Hermon PO, Ontario (alternate spelling Herman)

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

 His brother, John Stanley Adams, MM also joined the 155th Battalion and eventually followed him to the 21st Battalion


Aug 31, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request in order to proceed to France and is posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion 

At this point he becomes separated from his brother who remained in England


Dec 8, 1916

Proceeded to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion for additional training


Feb 8, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and assigned to “C” Company 

The Battalion was in billets at Marles Les Mines, north-east of Arras, conducting training exercises


Jul 2, 1917

Reported on Sick Parade with pains in chest, fever, and coughing up trace amounts of blood


Jul 13, 1917

Admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers with Pneumonia


Jul 19, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jul 20, 1917

Admitted to the War Hospital at Bradford with Pneumonia


Sep 5, 1917

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for Physical Training to build strength


Nov 24, 1917

His brother John Stanley Adams, MM joined the Battalion in France for the first time.


Feb 7, 1918

Discharged from 3rd CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 16, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge 

This is awarded for 2 years of good service


Mar 28, 1918

Proceeded to France to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 8, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets in the village of Wailly France, and reported the arrival of 44 replacements from the CCRC.  The Battalion had just come out of the trenches near Neuville Vitasse where they had suffered close to 100 casualties, both dead and wounded.


Aug 27, 1918

Admitted to the No 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Diarrhea, then transferred same day to the No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  Later that day he was admitted to the No 12 Stationary Hospital at St Pol


Sep 4, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 6, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to No 7 CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Etaples with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to his neck


Oct 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD while in hospital 

Admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe, Norfolk


Dec 5, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom

Dec 11, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 6, 1919

On Command to MD #3 (Military District) at Kimmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 19, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Aquitania at Liverpool



Jan 25, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 27, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company, MD# 3 at Kingston


Jan 28, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 10, 1919 

His brother John Stanley Adams, MM was a patient in the Queen’s University Hospital in Kingston and it is certain that they would have met and spent some time together before Robert was discharged on March 24, 1919


Mar 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90393

Ø      Intended residence on discharge Hermon Ontario


Sep 3, 1919

Married to Susan Caldwell at Herman Ontario


Sep 7, 1974

Wife Susan, died at L’Amable Ontario


Jun 28, 1975

Remarried to Luella N Heatly at the St Andrews Church, L’Amable Ontario


May 3, 1978

Died at his home in L’Amable Ontario of a heart attack 

Sometime after his death, his widow Luella remarried and became Luella N Goldthorp and she settled in Bancroft Ontario


Below is from the August 1959 issue of The Communiqué, the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association

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