Robert Jobson

Dec 22, 1894

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland Robert and Mary Arthur (nee Armour) Jobson.  His father passed away in 1898 and his mother in 1904


Jun 27, 1914

Embarked the SS Letitia in Glasgow, Scotland


Jul 5, 1914

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Trenton, Ontario for employment as a Farm Labourer


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59509 (temporary number 311)

Ø      Next of kin given as Ann Armour, Ballingry Rd., Glen Craig, Fifeshire, Scotland

o       Even though he stated that he was married, he listed another woman as his next of kin

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


May 28, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 7, 1916

Leave extended by 1 day


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s capture of the sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Robert Jobson was killed.  His comrades buried him in a nearby field, but when the Graves Registration Commission consolidated the battlefield burials into organized cemeteries, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Margaret Jobson, Seggie Cottage, Milnathort, Kinross-Shire, Scotland 

His widow remarried in Scotland December 26, 1919 and became Mrs. Margaret Greig


Robert Jobson is honoured on the Milnathort, Scotland War Memorial

He is also honoured on the Brighton, Ontario War Memorial


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