(served as) Robert Davidson
(actual name) Robert Davidson McAndrew

Oct 28, 1881

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Mar 19, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59241 (temporary number 1363)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Davidson, brother, Semans Post Office, Saskatchewan

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

Attested under the name of Robert Davidson, when his actual name was Robert Davidson McAndrew

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 26, 1915

Posted to “D” Company


Jul 23, 1915

Fined $2.00 for Drunkeness and restricted to half pay for one month for misconduct


Aug 16, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 24, 1915

Reported for duty and was sentenced to 25 days Detention and forfeiture of 9 day’s pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 30, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2, extra fatigue duty and forfeiture of 1 day’s pay for being absent from his platoon for 1 day when warned for duty in the trenches


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s capture of the strongly defended Sugar Factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Davidson received multiple shrapnel wounds from an exploding shrapnel shell while he was stooping down.  Shrapnel entered his buttocks and traveled to his abdomen causing damage to his bowel and bladder.  He was evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station.


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel


Oct 1, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 5 Northern General Hospital in Leicester

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 9, 1916

X Ray report shows

Ø  Large piece of shrapnel (7.5 cm) in left buttock

Ø  Very large piece of shrapnel (15.5 cm) in left buttock

Ø  Large piece of shrapnel (7.5 cm) in right buttock

Ø  Small piece of shrapnel below larger piece in right buttock


Dec 16, 1916

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel and repair damage to bladder and bowel


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Mar 6, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Hastings


Mar 13, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Hastings pending being invalided to Canada

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


Apr 11, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia in Liverpool



Apr 21, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Apr 28, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient states he was hit by the burst of a shrapnel shell while stooped over

Ø  Shell fragments penetrated both buttocks, with fragments puncturing his bowel and bladder

Ø  3 surgeries were performed in France and England to remove shrapnel, but 3 fragments remain in his abdomen

Ø  Suffers from incontinence of both bowel and urine

Ø  Suffers from pain in legs when walking

Ø  Has pain in his abdomen when he bends

Ø  Board recommends 5 months treatment in a Convalescent Home


May 3, 1917

Admitted to the St. Chad’s Convalescent Home in Regina, Saskatchewan to be treated as an Out-Patient under the care of the MHCC (Military Hospital Commission of Canada)


May 22, 1917

Transferred to the Moose Jaw Military Convalescent Hospital to be treated as an Out-Patient


Dec 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Regina, Saskatchewan

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 445 Iroquois St., W. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 76 Cordova St., W., Vancouver, British Columbia


Nov 17, 1951

Robert Davidson McAndrew died in the Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia of Adenocarcinoma of the Gall Bladder and was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver



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