Robin Julian Trent

May 20, 1888

Drummondville, Quebec to Henry and Marie Ellen Eliza (nee Caya) Trent


Jun 5, 1917

Registered for the draft under the Selective Service Act of 1917 in California, USA




Sep 25, 1917

Attested into the 2nd Depot Battalion BCR (British Columbia Regiment) in Victoria, British Columbia

Ø  Number 2137447

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. A. De Nevers, sister, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

Ø  Present address given as Martin Rooming House, Los Angeles, California, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s 1st Draft

The battalion carried out training in the Willows Camp, Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia


Nov 26, 1917

The first draft of the 2nd Depot Battalion BCR embarked the SS Megantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft was absorbed into the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion in Seaford to continue training


Dec 12, 1917

Admitted to the Connaught Military Hospital in Aldershot with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jan 17, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 13, 1918

Admitted to the Special Division Military Hospital in Chiseldon with complications from his VDG infection


Apr 22, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital

Forfeited 60
¢ per day for the 89 days in hospital as punishment for the venereal infection


May 28, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 29, 1918

Reported for duty and forfeited 1 day’s pay for his absence


Aug 20, 1918

Transferred to the 7th Battalion


Aug 21, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 58 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 7th Battalion


Aug 29, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast, France as part of a draft of 9 reinforcements destined to join the 7th Battalion


Sep 23, 1918

Before he could join the 7th Battalion at the front, Private Trent was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 29, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Trent joined the 21st Battalion in the trenches of the Hindenburg Support Line in France


Oct 8, 1918

Just 10 days after joining the battalion, he was admitted to the No. 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause


Oct 9, 1918

Transferred via the No. 25 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Outreau, France and the diagnosis was changed to read Pneumonia and Nephritis


Oct 13, 1918

Placed on the seriously ill list


Oct 19, 1918

Private Robin Julian Trent died of his illness and was buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) (below), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Eliza Trent, Drummondville East, Quebec



Robin Trent is honoured on the Drummondville, Quebec War Memorial



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