Raymond Corbett



Mar 2, 1883

Born in Brockville, Ontario to John and Mary Corbett


Sep 9, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles


Sep 10, 1915

Attested into the 80th Battalion in Brockville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 219288

Ø      Next of kin given as Mildred Janet Corbett, wife, 51 Bennett St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø      Previous military experience given as 7 years with the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion carried out training in the Barriefield Camp, near Kingston


Sep 28, 1915

Promoted to the rank Provisional Sergeant


Nov 1, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Mar 6, 1916

Appointed to the position of Provisional CSM (Company Sergeant Major)


May 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Baltic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 30, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, in Hampshire


Jun 5, 1916

Confirmed in the position of Acting CSM


Jun 15, 1916

Posted to the 74th Battalion in Bramshott


Aug 28, 1916

Posted back to the 80th Battalion in Bramshott


Sep 22, 1916

Posted to the 75th Base Provisional Battalion


Dec 1, 1916

On Command to the OTC (Officer Training Centre) in Crowborough


Jan 22, 1917

Posted to the 12th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling


Feb 3, 1917

Appointed to a Commission with the rank of Temporary Lieutenant on completion of the 6th OTC Class


Mar 2, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 11, 1917

Rank now shown as Lieutenant


Jul 23, 1917

On Command to the Officer Training Battalion in Seaford


Aug 21, 1917

Rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion from the Officer Training Battalion


Aug 24, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 26, 1917

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


Aug 31, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois



From the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter

From the 7 individual service files, it appears that the Silver 7 actually joined the battalion over a period of 4 or 5 days of the same week.


Sep 23, 1917

Proceeded on Course 

There is no record of the type of course, nor when he rejoined the battalion


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front near Crest Farm and Lieut Raymond Corbett was killed during an artillery barrage the first night there.





From the 21st Battalion War Diary: “Our casualties during the 48 hours in the line were 2 Officers killed, 1 Officer died of wounds, 2 Officers wounded, 41 Other ranks killed and 89 other ranks wounded” 

Lieut Corbett was buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his wife at 127 Pearl St., E., Brockville, Ontario

There was no 2nd Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him.


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