Robert Bunn

Oct 8, 1876

Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England


May 21, 1904

Married to Caroline Haywood in Lincolnshire


May 26, 1904

Embarked the SS Ionian with his wife Caroline



Jun 4, 1904

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Jan 5, 1916

Attested into the 157th Battalion CEF in Orillia, Ontario

Ø  Number 642057

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Caroline Bunn, wife, 89 Simcoe St., Orillia, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Plaster

o   Later noted as Brick Layer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø  Posted to the Band

The battalion trained at Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario


Jul 25, 1916

Granted a leave of absence


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Cameronia in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley

One week later the 157th Battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 116th Battalion in Witley


Mar 8, 1917

Transferred to the 128th Battalion in Witley


May 29, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley

At this time the there was an attempt to form a 5th Canadian Division to send to the front and battalions in England were being rearranged for that formation and many transfers took place at this time.


Jan 5, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 28, 1918

When the idea for the 5th Division was disbanded, Private Bunn was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Bunn joined the 21st Battalion in Gouy-Servins, France as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements.

He was posted to the Brass Band and employed at the front as a Stretcher Bearer


Apr 15, 1918

While the 21st Battalion was occupying the front line at Mercatel, France, Private Bunn sprained his right ankle and was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Apr 20, 1918

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Wailly, France


May 17, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause.  This was later changed to read Trench Fever


May 21, 1918

Transferred to the No. 43 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 23, 1918

Transferred via the No. 11 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 5 General Hospital in Rouen


May 24, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Guildford Castle


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 24, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 23, 1918

Granted sick leave until September 2, 1918 with instructions to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford on completion of his leave

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Oct 2, 1918

At his own request, Private Bunn transferred to the Reserve Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery in Witley


Oct 14, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Reserve Artillery Headquarters in the Bordon Camp


Apr 3, 1919

Transferred to the CARD (Canadian Artillery Regimental Depot) in Ripon


May 12, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool


Jul 2, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Gunner

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 132935

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Orillia, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 1179 Orillia, Ontario


Jun 15, 1960

Robert Bunn died in Willowdale, Ontario


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