Robert Huge Haughton, MM



Aug 18, 1899

Born at Havelock Ontario to William and Martha Haughton


Apr 3, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195879

Ø      Next of kin given as William Haughton (father) of Havelock Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

He lied about his age on Attestation, giving his birth year as 1897


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 6, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Nov 27, 1916

Posted to the 34th Reserve Battalion at Shoreham 

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford and posted to “C” Company


Nov 26, 1917

Will made out leaving his entire estate to his mother, Mrs WH Haughton at Havelock Ontario


Dec 6, 1917

Reverts to rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to France, and posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 11, 1917

Left CIBD and arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) at Calonne Ricouart


Dec 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just moved into the front line trenches near Winnipeg Road in the Acheville Section, but Pte Haughton would have joined the Rear Detail some distance behind the front line.  He would have joined the main part of the Battalion a few days later when they moved into Brigade Support near Vancouver Road


Apr 9, 1918

Pte Haughton was sent to the CIBD pending verification of his age


Apr 11, 1918

TOS No 2 CIBD at Etaples as a Minor.  A note is entered in his file that he was to be retained at 2 CIBD until August 18, 1918


Aug 28, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C at Aubin St Vaast


Aug 29, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Aug 31, 1918

Left CC Rein C for his unit


Sep 1, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the Wanquentin Huts and the Battalion’s War Diary shows that 7 Other Ranks arrived as Reinforcements and all were posted to “B” Company.  He was later transferred to “A” Company


Sep 28, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl EH Turner805458 who had proceeded to England for a Commission


Nov 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 10, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 12, 1919

Appointed to rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt JC Long DCM who had proceeded to England


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279966

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Havelock Ontario

o       This was later changed to read 71 Crawford St, Toronto Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31430



Aug 18, 1928

He entered the United States at Buffalo New York and gave his occupation as Linotype Operator.  The purpose of his visit was given as work related, and his address while in the USA was given as 66 West 10th St, New York, New York.  He had also stated that he had been in the USA previous from April 1924 until July of 1928.


Aug 23, 1935

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 96 Peter St, Toronto Ontario 

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