Russell Dobson, MM

Photo courtesy of Irene Doyle's WW1 & WW2 website


Apr 11, 1898

Born at Campbellton New Brunswick


Aug 20, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 445495

Ø      Next of kin given as George Dobson (father) of Campbellton New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later noted as Railroad Car Man

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Aug 25, 1915

Battalion transferred to Valcartier Quebec


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England


Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1916

Proceeded to join unit


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the T & R trenches in the Voormezeele area 

Assigned to “A” Company


Aug 9, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred same day to No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with contusions to head and injuries to eyes


Aug 10, 1916

Transferred via No 18 AT (Ambulance Transport) to No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne


Aug 12, 1916

Discharged to Base Details at Boulogne


Aug 18, 1916

Posted to CBD at Havre classed as TB (Temporary Base Duty)


Aug 25, 1916

Admitted to No 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Havre with Tonsillitis


Aug 29, 1916

Transferred to Convalescent Depot at Havre


Sep 10, 1916

Classification of TB removed


Sep 12, 1916

Arrived at 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Sep 16, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 18, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl WH Canning who had been wounded


Nov 5, 1916

Proceeded to Divisional Bombing School on course


Nov 13, 1916

Returned to duty from Bombing Course


May 19, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Aug 9, 1917 

The Battalion carried out a raid on enemy trenches, and below is from the Battalion’s War Diary


From the book Ordinary Heroes by Stephen J Nichol, page 129


Aug 16, 1917

Admitted to 1SA (1st South Africa) Hospital at Abbeville, with wounds to right thigh and neck acquired during the fighting at Hill 70


Sep 4, 1917

Discharged to Base Depot at No CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre


Sep 17, 1917

Left to join unit


Sep 19, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line trenches near Villers au Bois


Sep 28, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Sep 29, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 13, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30364


The citation reads

For conspicuous bravery and bold determination.  This NCO although blown up and stunned by an explosion in a mined dug-out, persisted in carrying on his duties and later led a small party in a successful assault on a much superior force operating from a house.  Subsequently he rendered valuable assistance in the capture of a machine gun, this after a severe fight in which its crew were killed.  On both these occasions this NCO was wounded, but insisted on staying in the line until ordered out by an Officer.  He set a splendid example of aggressiveness and endurance to his comrades.

AFW 3121   28-8-17.


Nov 12, 1917

First reported missing then reported to be admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital with Trench Feet


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to No 11 CFA


Nov 18, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester


Dec 16, 1917

Transferred to No 13, Canadian General Hospital at Hastings


Jan 4, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 6, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sgt with pay


May 7, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting L/Sgt without pay


Jul 24, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay


Sep 4, 1918

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Etchinghill, Lyminge with a diagnosis of Syphilis


Sep 25, 1918

Reverts to rank of Cpl due to surplus of Sgt ranks


Oct 16, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to St John New Brunswick


Jul 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 268830

Ø      Rank on discharge shown as Acting L/Sgt

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Campbellton New Brunswick


Sep 27, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to c/o CNR Station Campbellton New Brunswick

 Post war, Russell Dobson worked as a conductor for the Canadian National Railway


Apr 9, 1959

Deceased at Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Campbellton New Brunswick due to Lung Cancer


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