DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654788
RESIDENCE: Goderich – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: May 10, 1895
Goderich – Goderich Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: April 15, 1917 21 years 11months
CEMETERY: Bois-Carre British Cemetery – Thelus –
Pas de Calais – France
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PARENTS: Mr. John and Lucy Robertson – Goderich - Ontario
Occupation: Civil Service Religion: Methodist
Enlistment: Goderich – May 9, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 21 years
The 161st Battalion left Canada and following an eleven day voyage arrived in Liverpool on November 11, 1916. At the end of the month he transfers to the 58th Battalion at Shorncliffe – Kent. At the end of November he is overseas into France. He is at the Canadian Corps Depot before leaving for his unit in the field and reaches them on December 22, 1916.
Private Robertson was killed in action performing his duties whilst in the front line trenches at Vimy.
The weather this day was north-east winds at 10mph with rain squalls most of the day.
The Battalion reported the enemy left this area very quickly with all types of stores and guns of various calibres being left behind. Also reported were the large amounts of engineering and ammunition stores lying around. The Battalion also found that the enemy had a very elaborate lighting system in their dugouts.
The Battalion lost a ration party during the night with 1 killed, 4 wounded and 2 missing.
2 Companies of the Battalion were on the left line of resistance and 2 Companies were on the northern Defence of Vimy.
During the evening the 15th Brigade had reported that they had not been in touch with the left flank in the resistance line and the 58th Battalion was ordered to establish this connection at once but this did not take place until early the following morning.
Private Robertson from our research was killed while he was performing his duties with the ration party.