Robert Mills


Aug 1, 1894

Born to Hugh and Mary Mills at Auchingray Scotland


Jul 12, 1912

Robert’s father Hugh Alexander, embarked the SS Cassandra at Glasgow Scotland


On the manifest he listed his occupation as Miner.  There were several mines in the Bancroft area mining for several different metals


Jul 22, 1912

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Bancroft Ontario


Apr 10, 1913

Robert embarked the SS Cassandra at Glasgow Scotland 

His occupation is listed as Miner 

Also on the ship’s manifest is Elizabeth Mills, age 17, both going to Bancroft Ontario and stated she was to join her father.  She listed her occupation as Domestic.  This is Robert’s sister.


Apr 22, 1913

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Bancroft Ontario


Dec 21, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59664 (temporary number 204)

Ø      Next of kin given as Hugh Mills (father) of Bancroft Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 29, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section


Nov 17, 1915

Admitted to the 2nd Division Rest Station at Locre diagnosed with Myalgia


Nov 22, 1915

Discharged to duty from the Rest Station


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company


Mar 10, 1916

His father, Hugh, attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario.  His number was 636817


Sep 30, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Tunnelling Company


Nov 20, 1916

Granted leave until November 30, 1916


Dec 2, 1916

Rejoined his unit from leave


Feb 1, 1917

Attached to the 1st Tunnelling Company


Feb 26, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the 1st Tunnelling Company and returned to his unit


Aug 13, 1917

Reported to be absent from the 12.30 pm parade in that he did not report until 1.00 pm the same day


Aug 15, 1917

Fined 3 days pay for being absent from parade


Nov 23, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay  

On August 6, 1918 he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Corporal but it was made effective from this date for pay and seniority purposes.


Nov 28, 1917

Granted leave until December 12, 1917


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Nov 10, 1918

Admitted to the 135th FA (Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Influenza


Nov 11, 1918

Transferred to No 11 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 13, 1918

Transferred via No 35 AT (Ambulance Train)


Nov 14, 1918

Admitted to No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Outreau


Nov 21, 1918

Transferred to No 10 CD (Convalescent Depot) at Ecault


Nov 24, 1918

Transferred to Boulogne for light duties


Nov 27, 1918

Discharged to the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for soldiers recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 3, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD


Dec 9, 1918

Left the CIBD and rejoined his unit


Jan 2, 1919

His mother, Mary, died at West Lothian Scotland


Jan 5, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 20, 1919

Rejoined his unit from leave


Mar 3, 1919

Proceeded to England


Mar 4, 1919

Attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) at Seaford


Mar 10, 1919

Transferred to the 3rd CERB (Canadian Engineer Reinforcement Battalion)


May 17, 1919

On Command to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) pending return to Canada


Jul 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Melita at Liverpool


TOS (Taken On Strength) the Quebec Depot


Jul 20, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City


Jul 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City, Quebec 

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 329750

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Bancroft Ontario


Oct 31, 1919

The 1914-15 Star was sent to him


Apr 1, 1921

His British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Bancroft Ontario


Sep 10, 1921

It would appear that the medals were returned and then resent to Hybla Ontario, north of Bancroft


May 17, 1924

Died at St Joseph’s Hospital, Sudbury Ontario of acute Appendicitis 

Note that the Veterans Affairs Death Registration card is in error and states that the hospital was in Lindsay Ontario.


Mar 6, 1928

His father remarried to Rachel Douglas at Bancroft Ontario 

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