Daniel Robertson Dakers Low

On the left taken in 1916 with the 76th Battalion and on the right taken in 1917 with the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1897

Born in Dundee, Scotland to William James and Betsy Margaret (nee Dakers) Low


Jun 1, 1912

Embarked the SS Letitia in Glasgow, Scotland with his mother and 5 siblings


Jun 9, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and noted that the family is to meet the husband/father who had previously come to Canada


Jul 26, 1915

Medical performed at the recruiting office of the 44th Lincoln and Welland Regiment in St. Catharines, Ontario for service in the CEF.  He was declared fit for service and sent to Niagara on the Lake to be sworn in


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Camp Niagara 

Ø      Number 141722

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. William Low, 85 Russell Ave., St. Catharines

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to 12 Platoon, “C” Company 

He lied about his age, stating that he had been born in 1896, not his actual birth year of 1897 

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Nov 5, 1915

The battalion left the Niagara Camp for winter quarters 

“A” Company proceeded to Collingwood, Ontario

“B” Company proceeded to Orillia, Ontario

“C” Company and “D” Company were quartered in the Armouries in Barrie, Ontario


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion. 

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion at the front. 

I don’t have that actual date as it would only be recorded in his service file


Oct 18, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave.  He likely was in England on November 11 when the Armistice took effect.


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the Canadian army across the Bonn Bridge when they entered Germany as part of the occupying force.

On entering Germany, the battalion proceeded to Seigburg for duty


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia with the battalion at Havre, France

On arrival in England the battalion proceeded to Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool


May 23, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him


Jun 1, 1921

The 1921 Census shows him living in St. Catharines, Ontario living with his parents and lists his occupation as a Lineman for Bell Canada


Mar 8, 1923

Married to Isabella Campbell O’Neil in Port Dalhousie, Ontario


Feb 11, 1958

Died in Niagara Falls, Ontario and buried in the Drummond Hill Cemetery there


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