Robert Marshall

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 19, 1874

Born in Lincolnshire, England to Thomas and Martha (nee Hird) Marshall


Aug 13, 1886

Embarked the SS Sarnia in Liverpool, England with his parents and siblings

Aug 24, 1886

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Sep 19, 1900

Married to Bridget Mary Laviolette in Carleton Place, Ontario


May 20, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 246326

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. B.M. Marshall, wife, 120 Hamilton Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

o       There is a note in the file to also notify Mrs. J.A. Moulder, City View P.O., Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

The battalion conducted it’s initial training in the Rockcliffe Camp, but in January of 1917 moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia for further training.


May 28, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for further training


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 Reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 9, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line Avion trench


Nov 9, 1917

While the battalion was in the support trench near Potjize, Belgium, they supplied a work party to assist with upgrading the front line trench system.  That work party came under attack and Private Marshall was severely wounded in his left leg, hip, head and chest.  He was removed first to the field ambulance for first aid and then to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Nov 13, 1917

Private Marshall died of his wounds at the No. 2 CCS and buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, southwest of Poperinghe, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Bridget M. Marshall, 120 Hamilton Ave., Ottawa, Ontario


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