Robert James Gill, MC





Oct 20, 1888

Born at Brockville Ontario


Dec 7, 1915

Was sworn into the 156th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Captain

o       Within days was promoted to rank of Major, and given Command of “C” Company

Ø      Next of Kin given as Pauline Lavinia Gill (wife) of 181 King St., Brockville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Farmer”

Ø      Previous military experience given as “6 years 41st Regiment”

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Aug 23, 1916

Examined by a Medical Board at Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario


Oct 4, 1916

Particulars of an Officer form filled in at Barriefield Camp shows his family as: 

Ø      Pauline Lavinia Gill (wife)

Ø      John Shaw Gill (son, age 11 months)

Ø      John MacLeod Gill (father

Ø      Mary Catherine Margaret Gill (mother)

o       All of 181 King St., East, Brockville Ontario


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax for England



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 20, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 11, 1917

Reverts from rank of Major to rank of Lieutenant in order to proceed to France 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to 21st Battalion


Aug 13, 1917

Arrived at 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1917

Left 2nd CIBD to join unit


Aug 17, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 25. 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 10 CFA with an inflammation of the mouth


Oct 1, 1917

Discharged from 10 CFA to duty


Oct 4, 1917

Proceeded to 1st Army Rest Camp


Oct 16, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from rest camp


Nov 14, 1917

Admitted to No 11 CFA and transferred to 12 CFA then transferred to No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with Myalgia (an infection of the muscles)


Nov 15, 1917

Transferred to No 3 CCS, then transferred to “AT 36”


Nov 16,1917

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Boulogne


Nov 25, 1917

Transferred to No 8 Michelham Convalescent Home at Dieppe


Dec 15, 1917

Discharged to duty at Base Depot


Dec 19, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD


Dec 24, 1917

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jan 11, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from the CCRC


Jan 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 2, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Apr 17, 1918

Admitted to 6 CFA then transferred to 45 CCS, then transferred to “32 AT” with Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection)


Apr 18,1918

Transferred to Duchess of Westminster Hospital at Le Touquet


Apr 28, 1918

Discharged from hospital


May 7, 1918

Arrived at CCRC


Jun 24, 1918

Left CCRC to join unit


Jun 27, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from CCRC


Aug 10, 1918

Proceeded “On Course”


Sep 29, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from course


Oct 5, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 21, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Oct 27, 1918

To be A/Capt to replace Capt HT Deane who was wounded


Dec 24, 1918

SOS the 21st Battalion on posting to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) pending return to Canada on Compassionate Grounds 

(His 3 year old son, John Shaw Gill, had died and his wife was ill) 


Dec 25, 1918

TOS EORD from 21st Battalion and shown detached to “Port of Embarkation” pending return to Canada


Dec 31, 1918

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) and TOS CEF in Canada


Feb 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF on General Demobilization 

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to his home at 181 King St., East, Brockville Ontario


Apr 2, 1919

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #31266 and #31680



From the July 1937 issue of the Communiqué


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