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  • Robert Armour Fisher immigrated to Keewatin from Scotland in 1904 and his wife and one son Robert D (1896-1971) joined him 3 years later. While living in Keewatin he worked in the local Flour Mill as a packer. Three more children were born, William (1908), Elizabeth (1900), and Helen/Nellie (1910). His wife, Mary Jane Davidson, was born in England. Mary Jane died in 1912 leaving him with a young family.

    Robert first joined the 94th Overseas Battalion but was discharged while still in Quebec on training due to being medically unfit. His medical record indicated he had a heart murmur, due to rheumatism. Robert claimed he had no difficulties as a result, but he was still denied access to the forces and was sent home just before his ship sailed in June 1916. He had been with the forces for 5 months and 3 days upon dismissal.

    The next year Robert signed up once more in Winnipeg under the No. 2 Forestry Draft; 50th Forestry Battalion #2260325. This time he was accepted. His group left Halifax on May 1st, 1917 and landed in Liverpool on the 14th.

    After several months in England, he was sent to France to join No. 50 Company on July 10th. He was granted permission on September 9th to remarry, but it wasn’t until January that he was granted 14 days leave. He married Gladys Mabel Bates, who was from Hastings, Sussex, England. He rejoined his unit on January 22nd. He was given one more leave to the UK in September for 14 days. He remained in France until January 25, 1919, when his unit was sent to Sunningdale in England. He was sent home to St John New Brunswick on April 10, 1919. He stated he was heading to Winnipeg where he would be a farmer.

    In fact, according to the 1921 census, he returned to Mill Street in Keewatin, continuing to work for the Flour Mill. Gladys had joined him in 1919 and they had two more children, Gladys in 1920, and Maureen Iris in 1923.

    A letter was written to the Armed Forces in 1985 by a granddaughter, who wished to join the Ladies’ Legion Auxiliary in Peterborough, and requested her grandfather’s records in order to be able to do so.

    His ‘under-age’ son, Robert (Jr), 198688, also joined up in Kenora with the 94th Overseas Battalion.

    Robert passed away at age 74 and both he and Mary are buried at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 27 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 2

  • Regimental Number:
  • 198926
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: William Fisher - Box 274, Keewatin, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • March 24, 1880
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Packer (at the Flour Mill)
  • Marital Status:
  • Widower
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 10, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 36
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • December 11, 1954
  • Age at Death:
  • 74
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 51E-15-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Robert Armour Fisher immigrated to Keewatin from Scotland in 1904 and his wife and one son Robert D (1896-1971) joined him 3 years later. While living in Keewatin he worked in the local Flour Mill as a packer. Three more children were born, William (1908), Elizabeth (1900), and Helen/Nellie (1910). His wife, Mary Jane Davidson, was born in England. Mary Jane died in 1912 leaving him with a young family.

    Robert first joined the 94th Overseas Battalion but was discharged while still in Quebec on training due to being medically unfit. His medical record indicated he had a heart murmur, due to rheumatism. Robert claimed he had no difficulties as a result, but he was still denied access to the forces and was sent home just before his ship sailed in June 1916. He had been with the forces for 5 months and 3 days upon dismissal.

    The next year Robert signed up once more in Winnipeg under the No. 2 Forestry Draft; 50th Forestry Battalion #2260325. This time he was accepted. His group left Halifax on May 1st, 1917 and landed in Liverpool on the 14th.

    After several months in England, he was sent to France to join No. 50 Company on July 10th. He was granted permission on September 9th to remarry, but it wasn’t until January that he was granted 14 days leave. He married Gladys Mabel Bates, who was from Hastings, Sussex, England. He rejoined his unit on January 22nd. He was given one more leave to the UK in September for 14 days. He remained in France until January 25, 1919, when his unit was sent to Sunningdale in England. He was sent home to St John New Brunswick on April 10, 1919. He stated he was heading to Winnipeg where he would be a farmer.

    In fact, according to the 1921 census, he returned to Mill Street in Keewatin, continuing to work for the Flour Mill. Gladys had joined him in 1919 and they had two more children, Gladys in 1920, and Maureen Iris in 1923.

    A letter was written to the Armed Forces in 1985 by a granddaughter, who wished to join the Ladies’ Legion Auxiliary in Peterborough, and requested her grandfather’s records in order to be able to do so.

    His ‘under-age’ son, Robert (Jr), 198688, also joined up in Kenora with the 94th Overseas Battalion.

    Robert passed away at age 74 and both he and Mary are buried at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 27 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 April 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 1

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 2

    Kenora Miner and News 11 December 1954 part 2

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  • Fisher, Robert Armour Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 198926
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: William Fisher - Box 274, Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • March 24, 1880
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Forestry Corps
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Packer (at the Flour Mill)
  • Marital Status:
  • Widower
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 10, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 36
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • December 11, 1954
  • Age at Death:
  • 74
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 51E-15-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Fisher, Robert Armour

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