Robert James Edmunds, MM


Sep 8, 1889

Born at Lindsay Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59293 (temporary number 830)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elmer Edmunds (brother) of the Bank of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk at the Royal Mint

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years with the 43rd DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Nov 10, 1914

Appointed to provisional rank of Sgt


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 6, 1915

Proceeded to the Trench Warfare School


Feb 21, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Mar 27, 1916

Granted a Commission as a Temporary Lieutenant.  This announcement appeared in the London Gazette #29646 on June 27, 1916



Apr 10, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne with shrapnel wounds to left arm and left leg


Apr 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Admitted to County of London War Hospital, Epsom and posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


May 1, 1916

X-rays show pieces of shrapnel embedded in left elbow and upper arm


Jun 3, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette Number 29608


The citation reads

For exceptional prescience of mind in extreme danger.  On the night of 30th October 1915, when using a "West" spring gun the machine failed to throw the grenade which fell in the trench where were several men.  Sgt Edmunds at once seized the grenade and threw it forward.  It exploded without harming anyone as a result of his prompt action.

AFW 3121.


Jun 15, 1916

Transferred to the Helena Hospital at Shorncliffe


Jun 26, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Jul 28, 1916

Discharged from hospital and granted leave to Canada until September 28, 1916


Aug 9, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Liverpool



Aug 17, 1916

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Address while in Canada – 305 King St, Kingston Ontario


Sep 29, 1916

Medical Board at Shorncliffe England classifies him as being unfit for General Service for 1 month, but fit for Home Service only


Sep 30, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Nov 6, 1916

Medical Board declares him to be fit for General Service 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the Casualty and Training Battalion, CCAC


Jan 4, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 7, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion and appointed to position of Adjutant EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Jul 21, 1917

Admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital at Brighton diagnosis reads Colitis and suffering from Diarrhea and abdominal pain


Aug 10, 1917

Appeared before Medical Board at 13 Berners St, London 

Discharged from hospital and granted 1 month sick leave


Sep 12, 1917

Reported for duty from leave


Oct 18, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on returning to Canada 

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Liverpool



Oct 28, 1917

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa Ontario


Oct 29, 1917

There is no Discharge Certificate in the file, however pay records indicate that he was SOS the CEF on this date 

There is also a note that he is “Receiving Military and Civil Pay”


Nov 15, 1917

Medical Board at Ottawa states  

Ø      General condition good. 

Ø      Heart and lungs normal. 

Ø      Appetite good. 

Ø      Bowels regular.

Ø      No impairment

Ø      Weight 145 lbs


May 22, 1918

Medical Board at Ottawa notes 

Ø      Suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Ø      Has persistent cough with pain in chest

Ø      Complains of night sweats

Ø      Is completely disabled at present and expected to remain so for minimum of 6 months

Ø      Recommends that he be admitted to a Sanatorium

Ø      Weight 120 lbs


Apr 28, 1919

Note in file states “Not yet struck off strength”


May 20, 1919

Note in pay record states that the Post Discharge pay and the War Service Gratuity “are not payable at present”


Jul 7, 1919

Final War Service Gratuity payment made


May 10, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 74 Stanley Ave, Ottawa Ontario


Tthere is some confusion as to when he was discharged from the army, as there is no Discharge Certificate, just a couple of notes in the pay records which don’t clearly show a discharge date.

Shown below is his uniform on display at the Fort York Museum, Toronto, Ontario


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