Rob Roy Airth


Jan 16, 1896

Born at Renfrew Ontario


Oct 19, 1914

Shown on payroll of 42nd Regiment, Lanark & Renfrew


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59004 (temporary number 375)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs HJ Airth (mother) of Renfrew Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


Nov 10, 1914

Ceases on payroll of 42nd Regiment


Jan 22, 1915

Provisionally promoted to rank of Cpl


Feb 6, 1915

Provisionally promoted to rank of Lance Sgt


Feb 23, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with Bronchitis


Feb 25, 1915

Discharged to duty


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 

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt with pay


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in permanent rank of Cpl


Aug 30, 1915

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jan 31, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Feb 24, 1916

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

This diagnosis was later changed to read Furnunculosis which is the medical term for the painful boils that broke out


Feb 28, 1916

Transferred to NMD CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 6, 1916

Transferred to No 15 CCS


Mar 8, 1916

Transferred via No 15 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers


Mar 14, 1916

Discharged to No 6 Canadian Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Mar 22, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) No 3 Canadian Base Depot at Etaples


Apr 6, 1916

Proceeded to join unit


Apr 8, 1916

Rejoined 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Killed in action by shell fire at 11.50 pm


Sunken Road Cemetery
Contalmaison, France

Top photograph is the original cross erected on his grave


Dec 14, 1920

On this date, and on subsequent dates, the following medals were sent to his father, Mr Harry Airth at Renfrew Ontario: 

1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal



The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Christina Airth at the same address


From the Renfrew Mercury November 12, 1915

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