Bob emigrated to Canada with his mother, Frances, sailing on board the vessel 'Canada' - leaving from Liverpool and arriving at the Port of Quebec on 24th June 1912.
He served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Force during WWI. On the 8th May 1915 he suffered concussion due to a shell explosion at Ypres. One family member
recalled that he was one of only 3 of his battalion who survived a particular battle at Ypres. We have yet to verify this fact, but it is clear from his Army records that he suffered as a Prisoner of War. Here are remarks from his discharge papers:
14th May 1919 He has 'marked general weakness due to bad treatment'. He was a Prisoner of War from 14-5-15 until 16-11-16. He says he was blown up twice, buried once, and knocked unconscious and taken prisoner on 8-5-15; that he never received treatment, but was kept at heavy work. In October 1917, suffered from Dysentry for six weeks; no treatment. In August 1918, was kicked on knee by German, and was incapacitated until October 1918. Then suffered from Influenza for fourteen days. No treatment. No documentary evidence of these affections. But evidently this bad treatment has left him somewhat debilitated. Conduct: Good.
Army records describe him as 5ft 5 1/2 ins, weight 140 lbs on elistment/132 lbs on discharge; complexion: medium; hair & eyes: brown. His occupation is stated as 'fitter' and 'steelworker'.