Robert Johnstone




Nov 21, 1891

Born at Roxburghshire Scotland


Jan 6,1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Bowmanville Ontario 

Ø      Number 805181

Ø      Next of kin given as Eliza Johnstone (wife) of 20 Liberty Street, Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Buffer”

o       Later recorded as “Tire Maker”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

o       On Particulars of Family form filled out in Aug of 1916 (day not legible) he declared that he had 2 children, son Robert, 1 week old, and daughter, Kathleen, 14 months old

o       On same form stated that both parents were still alive and living in Ireland

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Apr 21, 1916

Promoted to rank of Lance Sergeant


Jun 1, 1916

Promoted to rank of Acting Sergeant


Sep 21, 1916

Reduced to rank of Pte (no reason recorded)


Sep 27, 1916

Embarked the SS Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

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

TOS (Taken On Strength) 39th Battalion


Jan 1, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 39th Battalion on transfer to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 5, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Feb 14, 1917

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe with Pleurisy


Feb 25, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Monks Horton, Kent


Feb 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jun 26, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sergeant with pay and allowances


Oct 3, 1917

Reduced in rank to Pte for being absent without leave


Oct 9, 1917

Pay reduced for 2 months beginning this date for being absent without leave


Nov 14, 1917

SOS on transfer to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1918

Awarded a Good Conduct Badge


Apr 2, 1918

Wounded with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to left thigh and admitted to No 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Apr 4, 1918

Transferred to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers


Apr 8, 1918

Invalided to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Apr 9, 1918

Admitted to Colliton House Hospital, Dorchester England


May 6, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


May 7, 1918

Medical Report at Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom stated: 

Ø      Patient had a penetrating wound to lower 1/3 of left thigh

Ø      Entrance wound healed

Ø      Exit wound “healing nicely”

Ø      Some stiffness in left knee


Jun 17, 1918

Medical Report at Convalescent Hospital declares him “recovered and fit for Category D1”  (this means that he will be fit for active duty after remedial therapy and conditioning)


Jun 28, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Aug 16, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne, Sussex


Aug 29, 1918

Discharged to duty


Oct 3, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to 3rd CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion from the EORD


Jan 24, 1919

Attached to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) pending transfer to the CEF in Canada


Feb 19, 1919

Embarked the SS Scotian at Liverpool and TOS #2 District Depot (Toronto Ontario)



Mar 1, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick 

Posted to Casualty Company at Exhibition Camp, Toronto Ontario


Mar 3, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence to March 17, 1919


Mar 18,1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp in Toronto Ontario notes the following: 

Ø      Home address – 24 Liberty Street, Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      Disease or injury noted as “Debility” caused from service

Ø      Partial loss of general body function

Ø      Dull aching pain in chest

Ø      Shortness of breath all the time and perspires freely

Ø      No sign of respiratory disease

Ø      Past history of Pleurisy

Ø      2 scars from GSW in left thigh

Ø      Cannot resume former occupation as lifting tires is too heavy work

Ø      Fit for category “C3”

Ø      Recommended treatment as an Out Patient


Mar 22, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge: Box 361 Bowmanville, Ontario

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 235207

Ø      To receive Out Patient treatment the Dept of SCR for rehabilitation

Ø      Granted 183 days WSG (War Service Gratuity)


Jan 19, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Box 361 Bowmanville Ontario


Aug 1, 1934 The following appeared in The Commuiqué, the newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association


Nov 20, 1975

Deceased at Delhi Ontario

Delhi Cemetery
Delhi Ontario


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