Robert Samuel Anderson



Jan 14, 1878

Born at London England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59014 (temporary number 1122)

Ø      Next of kin given as Ellen Anderson (wife) of 124 Lower Bagot St., Kingston (initially given as Royal Military College, Kingston)

Ø      Previous occupation given as Gun Smith

Ø      Previous military experience given as 19 years in the 14th Regiment, PWOR

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

o       Later recorded as Anglican

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


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 at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne


May 1, 1916

Granted leave until May 10, 1916


Jul 30, 1916

Transferred to CID (Canadian Infantry Depot) at Shorncliffe for duty with the 4th Canadian Division


Aug 3, 1916

Transferred to 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade Sub Staff at Bramshott


Aug 10, 1916

Proceeded to France for duty


Jan 18, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 28, 1917

TOS 11th Reserve Battalion and transferred to the Canadian Training Division at Shorncliffe on being retained in England after leave


Jun 9, 1917

Attached to Canadian Headquarters at Crowborough


Jun 30, 1917

SOS to Canadian Headquarters at Crowborough


Aug 15, 1917

Attached with the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada), TOS MR Depot and assigned to Board of Officer’s Barr Claims at London


Dec 14, 1917

SOS MR Depot to OMFC General Depot London


Feb 9, 1918

Medical Board at London England recommends he will not be fit for service for 6 months due to loss of hearing and eyesight


Feb 18, 1918

Transferred to the General Depot at Shorncliffe


Mar 5, 1918

TOS CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) Buxton


Mar 12, 1918

Ceases to be On Command and is SOS on proceeding to Canada for discharge, embarked at Liverpool for Canada


Mar 20, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Apr 26, 1918

TOS No 3 Special Service Company and posted to the Casualty Unit at Kingston Ontario


Jul 20, 1918

Medical Board at Fort Henry, Kingston Ontario notes: 

Ø      Suffers from Myopia (blurred vision) as a result of being gassed in March of 1916

Ø      Suffers from Otitis Media (inner ear inflammation) caused by concussion from shell explosion in November of 1915

Ø      Eyes water excessively when exposed to wind or bright light, cannot work without glasses

Ø      Complains of constant headaches

Ø      Complains of constant ear aches, and discharge from ears

Ø      Almost complete deafness in right ear

Ø      Also complains of moderate hemorrhoids

Ø      No treatment is recommended

Ø      Board recommends discharge from service due to disability


Jul 26, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 126 Lower Bagot St., Kingston Ontario

Ø      Medical exam on discharge shows that despite the loss of hearing and eyesight, his “general condition good”

Ø      Noted that he is entitled to both Class “A” and “B” War Service Badges


May 12, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to 8 Pine St., Kingston Ontario

He went on to become a CSM with the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales' Own Regiment at Kingston Ontario


Sep 27, 1959



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