Allen, Robert: Service no. 53768

Digitized Service Record

Source: Information forwarded by family member.

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Paybook for Private Robert Allen, reg. no. 53768:

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Summary of Service[i] for Private Robert Allen, reg. no. 53768

Date Event Remarks
December 5, 1895 Born Born at Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada.
November 2, 1914 Enlists Enlists at Stratford, Ontario. He is a 19-year old single machinist with no prior military experience. His next-of-kin is identified as James Allan.
November 11, 1914 Inoculated Anti-Typhus
November 22, 1914 Inoculated Anti-Typhus
December 15, 1914 Vaccinated
April 1915 Assigned Pay Assigned $20.00 per month to Reginald Allen, 375 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario.
April 29, 1915 Arrived England Arrived Avonmouth.
July 1, 1915 Pay Raise To get Armourer 3rd Class pay.
July 9, 1915 Transferred Transferred to “B” Company.
August 9, 1915 Promoted Promoted to Armourer Corporal.
September 14, 1915 Embarked for France
September 22, 1915 Admitted Admitted to Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, France.
September 23, 1915 Admitted Admitted to No. 9 Hospital, Havre, France.
October 19, 1915 Admitted No. 11 Convalescent Camp
October 31, 1915 Rejoined Unit In the Field
November 15, 1915 Wounded Wounded G.S.W. left leg. Sent to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance. The War Diary makes no mention of any casualties that day.
November 16, 1915 Admitted Admitted No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station.
November 17, 1915 Admitted Admitted No. 13 General Hospital, Boulogne, France. Wound to the left leg.
November 24, 1915 Admitted Transported via Hospital Ship Cambria and admitted Manor House, Folkestone.
December 10, 1915 Admitted Admitted to Goodhunt Military Hospital, Shorncliffe, England.
January 20, 1916 Discharged From same.
February 27, 1916 Medical Board Stands a Medical Board at Shorncliffe. He is considered healed and fit for duty from G.S.W. to his left leg.
August 11, 1916 Attached Attached from C.O.C. to C.A.I. & R.D. (Canadian Arms Inspection and Repair Department), 74 Tunnel Avenue, East Greenwich, England.
October 24, 1916 Stuck Off Strength S.O.S. from C.O.C to C.A.I. & R.D. (Canadian Arms Inspection and Repair Department), Ashford, England.
November 15, 1916 Marriage Approved
December 12, 1916 Admitted Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
December 21, 1916 Discharged Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
December 28, 1916 Admitted Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
December 30, 1916 Discharged Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
January 25, 1917 Admitted Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
January 27, 1917 Discharged Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
February 16, 1917 Admitted and Discharged Royal Hebert Hospital, Woolwich.
April 20, 1917 Struck Off Strength S.O.S. C.O.C. to Western Ontario Regimental Depot (W.O.R.D.).
April 26, 1917 Taken On Strength T.O.S. with W.O.R.D. at Bramshott.
July 7, 1917 Attached Attached from W.O.R.D. to 2nd C.C.D., Hastings.
July 10, 1917 On Command On Command with W.O.R.D. at Bramshott.
July 10, 1917 Attached Attached 2nd C.C.D. (Canadian Convalescent Depot)
July 17, 1917 Returned and T.O.S. Ceases attach to 2nd C.C.D. and returned to 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.
April 5, 1918 S.O.S. and Transferred S.O.S. 4th Reserve Battalion and transferred to C.D.C., Ashford.
October 14, 1918 Reported Sick Essex County Hospital, Colchester, England.
November 12, 1918 Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital.
November 20, 1917 Attached Attached from 4th Reserve Battalion to C.O.C. for trade test. Ashford.
December 7, 1917 On Command On command at Ordnance College, Woolwich.
April 5, 1918 T.O.S. T.O.S. with No. 1 Detachment, C.O.C. from 4th Reserve Battalion, Ashford.
May 2, 1918 Qualified “Qualified as Armament Artificer at Ordnance College, Woolwich. Will be in future be known as Armament Cpl.”
April 9, 1918 Cease to be On Command Ceased to be on command from the Ordnance College, Woolwich.
September 28, 1918 S.O.S. S.O.S. from No. 1 Detachment in preparation for proceeding overseas. To C.B.G.D.
October 5, 1918 To and Arrives To C.C.R.C.
October 10, 1918 Admitted Admitted to No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance, bronchitis.
October 11, 1918 Admitted Admitted to No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station, bronchitis.
October 12, 1918 Admitted Admitted to No. 14 General Hospital, Wimereax.
October 18, 1918 To England and TO.S. Via. Hospital Ship St. Denis. T.O.S. C.O.C. Admitted to Essex County Hospital, Colchester.
October 18, 1918 Discharged
December 23, 1918 On Command On Command with 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot (C.C.D.), Buxton.
January 24, 1919 S.O.S. S.O.S. to Canada. Embarked Liverpool.
February 4, 1919 Posted Posted to Casualty Company and granted furlough to February 18, 1919.
February 18, 1919 Dental Exam Dental exam in preparation for discharge.
February 22, 1919 Discharged Discharged at Military District No. 1, London, Ontario.


[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

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  1. This is my grandfather. He was a machinist with the railway. I have a large wall picture of the whole 18th battalion. I have his medals and notes he made on his training.

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