Robert SMITH

Male 1872 - 1916  (43 years)


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  • Name Robert SMITH 
    Born 04 Oct 1872  Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 15 Dec 1872  St James Anglican Church, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Reference 211 
    Died 15 Sep 1916  Kemmel, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Killed in action in Europe in WW1.
    Notes 
    • Robert's military service records indicate that he was born Oct 4 1873, but the record of his christening in the SJAC parish register says Oct 4 1872.

      He was 40 years old when he enlisted. He was a surveyor with the B.C.L.S. which is assumed to mean British Columbia Land Survey, because he enlisted in Kamloops on Sept 29, 1915. He was sent to Vancouver for medical assessment and in April of 1916 was in hospital there because of accute tonsilitis. His next of kin is Miss Jane W Smith of 24 St Clair Ave East in Toronto. She received all of his personal property when he died. He was 5 ft 9 1/2 inches tall, dark complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. His chest measured 41 inches when fully expanded.

      He shipped out to Britain April 22 1916, was sent to France Aug 11, 1916, and was killed in action at Kemmel, Belgium, September 15, 1916. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He is buried in row 10, grave 28 of the Kemmel Chateau military cemetary in Belgium.

      According to an article about the first world war, the British did not institute the dual tag system for their troops until the fall of 1916. The practice prior to that time was to take the tag from the body and then bury the body on the spot (soon after a battle), so they knew who had died, where (roughly) and when, but when it came time to rebury the dead in orderly rows in cemeteries, often they could not identify the bodies they found. Two million soldiers of the total of six million who died (on both sides) during the war could not be identified; 220,000 of this number were commonwealth troops. The unidentified lie in graves under markers with no names, and bearing the inscription "Known unto God", which was coined by Rudyard Kipling, one of the original members of the War Graves Commission, whose son John lay in an "unknown" grave at the time (he has since been found). The names of those who could not be identified are inscribed on large monuments in the cemetery.
    Person ID I211  Southwest
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2012 

    Father Thomas Robert SMITH,   b. 17 Feb 1829, Sedgefield, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Sep 1903, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Henrietta MALLETT,   b. Jan 1837, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1925, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 04 Oct 1872 - Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 15 Dec 1872 - St James Anglican Church, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Sep 1916 - Kemmel, Belgium Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S39] PR-Bi, SJAC, Wilmot, M10C951S450., Robert Smith.

    2. [S38] PR-C, SJAC, Wilmot, Robert Smith.