David Trotman

Mar 7, 1877

Born in Pakenham, Ontario to Henry and Sarah (nee Robins) Trotman


Dec 27, 1899

Attested into the Canadian Special Service Forces, South Africa

Ø  Number 30

Ø  Rank Driver

Ø  Current residence given as Pakenham, Ontario

Ø  Next of kin given as Henry Trotman, Father

Ø  Previous occupation given as Soldier

Ø  Previous military experience given as “A” Battery, RCA

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


Jan 10, 1901

Discharged from the Canadian Special Service Forces after serving in the Boer War in South Africa

Ø  Entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with

o   Cape Colony Clasp

o   Orange Free State Clasp

o   Transvaal Clasp

o   Rhodesia Clasp


Aug 10, 1903

Married to Lillian McArthur in Kingston, Ontario


Oct 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59998 (temporary number 1074)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lilly Trotman, wife, 220 King St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Iron Worker

o   Later shown as Zinc Worker

Ø  Previous military service given as “A” Battery RCA and “C” Battery RCFA with service in the Boer War in South Africa

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to the Headquarters Company and employed as a Batman to the Adjutant, Captain Hemming

o   Later transferred to the Transport Section

 The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.


The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Apr 22, 1916

While the battalion was in the front-line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium on the Ypres Salient, the men came under an intense enemy artillery barrage and Private David Trotman was killed by the explosion of one of those shells.  He was buried in the Ridge Wood Cemetery, south-west of Voormezeele, Belgium


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Lillian Trotman, 220 King St., Kingston, Ontario




David Trotman is honoured on the Memorial Wall in
Kingston, Ontario (above) and on a plaque in the Memorial Hall
Kingston City Hall (below)


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