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  • Fisher, Robert 198688 Private 

    Remarks He was from Keewatin, 18 years old, single and worked as a labourer when he enlisted. Transferred to 32nd Reserve Battalion, 18 Jul, 1916. Listed as under 18 years old.

    Robert Davidson Fisher was the son of Robert Armour Fisher and Mary Jane Davidson. His father Robert also signed up at the same time in Kenora, Ontario. On his attestation papers he had lied about his year of birth, stating that it was 1897. It was discovered later that he was underage when he joined up and was actually born in 1900 making him only 15 years old at that time.

    With the 94th Battalion, he embarked from Halifax on the S.S. Olympic on June 28th, 1916, arriving in Liverpool on July 6th. By the 18th, Robert was taken on strength with the 32nd Reserve Battalion, then in November to the 34th Battalion at Shoreham. The following spring, in April 1917, he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion.

    During this posting in Eastbourne, he was injured. On June 8th he “injured leg 4 days ago while working on road. leg was caught between ground and bar on truck which struck anterior portion by 2″ above ankle.” It was determined to be a fibula fracture, and he was given a plaster cast. By the end of August, the doctors noted a “good result.” By November, he was posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Shorncliffe. He also was posted to the Canadian Specialty Hospital at Witley, then to the Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott. He continued to serve until January 3rd, 1919 when he boarded the S.S. Scotian and sailed to St. John, New Brunswick. He was discharged on March 4th, 1919 in Winnipeg. In total, he served for 2 1/2 years, according to his records.

    After the war Robert worked in the Flour Mill in Keewatin as a miller and a power house operator. In 1926 he married Ethel Florence Walsh at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Kenora, Ontario. Their children were Robert John (1925), Marguerite (1926-2010), and Eileen (1920-2010) who married John Batiuk (1932-2009). They had 2 children.

    Robert is buried with his wife in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, Ontario.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

  • Regimental Number:
  • 198688
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 32nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: Robert Fisher (Sr)- Keewatin, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 27, 1900
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 4, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 15
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • December 14, 1971
  • Age at Death:
  • 71
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 1E-33-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Fisher, Robert 198688 Private 

    Remarks He was from Keewatin, 18 years old, single and worked as a labourer when he enlisted. Transferred to 32nd Reserve Battalion, 18 Jul, 1916. Listed as under 18 years old.

    Robert Davidson Fisher was the son of Robert Armour Fisher and Mary Jane Davidson. His father Robert also signed up at the same time in Kenora, Ontario. On his attestation papers he had lied about his year of birth, stating that it was 1897. It was discovered later that he was underage when he joined up and was actually born in 1900 making him only 15 years old at that time.

    With the 94th Battalion, he embarked from Halifax on the S.S. Olympic on June 28th, 1916, arriving in Liverpool on July 6th. By the 18th, Robert was taken on strength with the 32nd Reserve Battalion, then in November to the 34th Battalion at Shoreham. The following spring, in April 1917, he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion.

    During this posting in Eastbourne, he was injured. On June 8th he “injured leg 4 days ago while working on road. leg was caught between ground and bar on truck which struck anterior portion by 2″ above ankle.” It was determined to be a fibula fracture, and he was given a plaster cast. By the end of August, the doctors noted a “good result.” By November, he was posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Shorncliffe. He also was posted to the Canadian Specialty Hospital at Witley, then to the Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott. He continued to serve until January 3rd, 1919 when he boarded the S.S. Scotian and sailed to St. John, New Brunswick. He was discharged on March 4th, 1919 in Winnipeg. In total, he served for 2 1/2 years, according to his records.

    After the war Robert worked in the Flour Mill in Keewatin as a miller and a power house operator. In 1926 he married Ethel Florence Walsh at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Kenora, Ontario. Their children were Robert John (1925), Marguerite (1926-2010), and Eileen (1920-2010) who married John Batiuk (1932-2009). They had 2 children.

    Robert is buried with his wife in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, Ontario.

    by Penny Beal

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

    Kenora Miner and News 27 May 1916

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  • Fisher, Robert Davidson Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 198688
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 32nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Maybole
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: Robert Fisher (Sr)- Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 27, 1900
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 4, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 15
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • December 14, 1971
  • Age at Death:
  • 71
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 1E-33-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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