Robert James Davidson MC



Dec 6, 1881

Born at Ottawa Ontario

(Birth date was given in a later medical document as December 6, 1883)


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59240 (Temporary number 827), rank of Private

Ø      Next of Kin given as Mrs Robert Davidson (aunt) of 95 Henderson Ave., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Occupation given as “Machinery Salesman”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment DCOR, and the Royal Canadian Regiment

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Religion given as “Church of England”


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Jul 1, 1915

Promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class and appointed to be Company Sergeant Major


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone for Boulogne, France


Jan 12, 1916

Granted a Commission and promoted to Temporary Lieut


May 8, 1916

Granted leave


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to No 11 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) Officer’s Hospital with shrapnel wounds to right arm and back


Sep 17, 1916

Admitted to No 7 Stationary Hospital Boulogne, then invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis



Sep 19, 1916

Admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham 

TOS (Taken On Strength) General List


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Dec 19, 1916

Leave recommended by Medical Board until January 9, 1917


Jan 2, 1917

Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette #29890


Jan 26, 1917

SOS General List on proceeding overseas to join the 21st Battalion


Jan 28. 1917

TOS 21st Battalion as a reinforcement


Feb 13, 1917

Left for the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Mar 3, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion to act as Brigade Bombing Officer


Apr 2, 1917

To be Temp Captain to replace Capt SL Cunningham


Jul 18, 1917

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30188



Aug 15, 1917

Wounded by shell fragments, wound to left hand and taken to Field Ambulance and then transferred to No 1 Red Cross Hospital, then transferred to Duchess of Westminster Hospital at Le Touquet


Aug 19, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen and detached to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)



Aug 20, 1917

TOS EORD on being admitted to the Royal Free Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road, London


Aug 31, 1917

Discharged from Hospital and given 30 days leave


Oct 1, 1917

Granted 3 week extension to leave


Oct 23, 1917

Declared unfit for service for 1 month and leave extended


Nov 28, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 14, 1917

On Command at Argyle House, London


Dec 21, 1917

On course at Eastern Command School of Musketry, Hythe


Jan 26, 1918

Qualified as 1st Class Instructor on the 42nd Rifle Course


Feb 3, 1918

Admitted to Eastern General Hospital Brighton with complications from gun shot wound to hand


Mar 3, 1918

Admitted to Granville Convalescent Hospital at Buxton


Mar 8, 1918

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to EORD


Apr 4, 1918

Admitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Matlock, Bath


Apr 15, 1918

SOS EORD on posting to 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 22, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Jul 23, 1918

On Command at Frensham Pond Segregation Camp


Aug 11, 1918

On Command New Segregation Area, Witley


Oct 18, 1918

Ceases to be on Command, Witley


Jan 6, 1919

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to EORD and detached to Kinmel Park


Jan 8, 1919

To be Acting Major while Second in Command of “C” Wing at Kinmel Park MD (Military District) No 2 

Note:  While Second in Command at Kinmel Park, many of the troops present were dissatisfied that they were not being sent home quick enough, and a riot took place on the night of March 4/5 1919.  The following is from the Court of Enquiry: 




Jun 6, 1919

SOS “C” Wing Kinmel Park and TOS “C” Wing, Rhyl (MD No 5) and appointed Second in Command


Jul 12, 1919

SOS MD No 5 on proceeding to EORD


Jul 22, 1919

SOS EORD on proceeding to “M” Wing


Jul 28, 1919

Medical Board at Witley 

Ø      His year of birth is recorded as 1883 rather than 1881 as is shown on his Attestation Papers

Ø      His injuries are listed as compound fracture middle finger, left hand along with contusion to little finger left hand, Dupetryen’s Contracture of both hands, and a concussion with deafness

Ø      His general condition is listed as good

Ø      He has stiffness of middle finger left hand, both hand are slightly contracted due to the Dupetryen’s Disease, and his hearing is defective

Ø      The injuries to his left hand occurred August 1917 by bullet wound

Ø      The contraction of his hands has occurred gradually over a period of years

Ø      His hearing has been defective since being blown up by a shell in September of 1916 when his ear drum was perforated.

Ø      No further treatment is recommended


Aug 13, 1919

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) on proceeding to Canada


Aug 24, 1919

SOS the CEF on being demobilized


Mar 24, 1920

TOS No 3 District Depot, Kingston, on being appointed as Adjutant


Jun 30, 1920

SOS on being demobilized from MD No 3


May 17, 1936



Prospect Cemetery

Toronto Ontario 


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