Burns, Robert: Service no. 404600

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Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour

Summary of Service for Burns, Robert, reg. no. 404600

Date Event Remarks
October 18, 1881 Born Aberdeen, Scotland to Mr. and Margaret Burns. She is recorded to reside during his service at 89 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, Scotland.
April 9, 1915 Enlists Enlists at Toronto, Ontario. He is a Thirty-Three-year-old machinist. Standing 5’7” he is taller than average for a recruit of the C.E.F.
April 14, 1915 Inoculated First of three inoculations with anti-typhoid serum.
April 17, 1915 Inoculated Second of three inoculations with anti-typhoid serum.
April 22, 1915 Vaccinated  
April 23, 1915 Inoculated Last of three inoculations with anti-typhoid serum.
October 1, 1915 Assigns Pay Assigns pay at a rate of $20.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. W. Burns, 89 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, Scotland.
October 16, 1915 Embarks for England Boards the S.S. Metagami at Montreal, Quebec.
October 25, 1915 Arrives England  
March 20, 1916 T.O.S. C.O.C. Taken on Strength with the Canadian Ordnance Corp as an Acting/Corporal, Ashford, England.
August 9, 1916 T.O.S. C.A.I.R.D. Taken on Strength with the Canadian Arms Inspection and Repair Depot.
     
September 29, 1916 Admitted to Convalescent Hospital, Bromley Admitted with a case of scabies.
October 4, 1916 Discharged from Hospital  
August 9, 1916 T.O.S. C.A.I.R.D. Taken on Strength with the Canadian Arms Inspection and Repair Depot.
September 28, 1916 Receiving Treatment Receives treatment for scabies at Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley, Kent.
Date Unknown Marries Marries Beatrice (nee unknown) Burns who is recorded to live at Surrey House, Gloucester View, Southsea, England. There is a note of a change of the Assigned Pay from Private Burns’ mother to his wife.
April 20, 1917 T.O.S. 4th Reserve Battalion Taken on Strength with the 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.
May 8, 1917 Notation of Vaccination Notes: T.A.B./2
May 26, 1917 Notation of Vaccination Notes: T.A.B./2
June 24, 1917 Writes Will Gives his estate to his wife, Beatrice Burns.
August 23, 1917 Proceeds Overseas S.O.S. 4th Reservice Battalion and T.O.S. 18th Battalion.
August 24, 1917 Reverts to Private Reverts to private as he is assigned to an active combat unit. Reverting to a lower rank was common and not a reflection on the soldier’s martial skills or discipline. Soldiers were reverted to a lower rank as they lacked the combat experience to lead men and the battalions needed privates more than non-commissioned officers.
August 25, 1917 Arrives Canadian Infantry Base Depot Arrives C.I.B.D. and is taken on strength with the 18th Battalion.
September 5, 1917 Joins Battalion In the Field The Battalion is in Brigade Reserve at Villers-Aus-Bois.
November 12, 1917 Killed in Action Private Burns in killed in action at Passchendaele and commemorated on the Menin Gate.

 

The War Diary of the 18th relates:

 

“During the whole of this tour the Officers and men held this part of the line under the most severe conditions possible. Great difficulty was experienced in the evacuating of casualties from the front line to R.A.P.s and dressing stations. Front line trenches were subjected to frequent barrages and the rear country [area] was also heavily shelled and bombed. The supports on this front were reached by a series of tracks, being trench mat walks, and rations had to be carried by mules up these tracks. Each track being subjected to continual shellfire, the transport and ration parties where fortunate in escaping with the loss of 3 men killed and 1 mule which fell off the duckboard track and owing to the depth of the mud had to be shot. Splendid work was done by the Battalion Stretcher bearers in tending and evacuating the wounded.”

February 27, 1921 Pension Gratuity Paid A cheque numbered G1903807 in the amount of $100.00 is issued to Private Burns’ widow, Mrs. Beatrice Ada Burns residing at 235 West 148th Street, New York, New York, U.S.A.

 

"Killed in Action"

“Killed in Action”

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