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Personal Details
Date of BirthNovember 2, 1887
Place of BirthByng Inlet, Ontario
CountryCanada
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMother: Jane Pringle, Creighton Mines, Ontario
Trade / CallingSawyer
ReligionPresbyterian
Service Details
Regimental Number2383481
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Place of EnlistmentPort Arthur, Ontario
Address at EnlistmentFort Frances, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 10, 1918
Age at Enlistment30
Theatre of ServiceUnknown
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathSeptember 17, 1992
Age at Death105
Buried AtHillcrest Cemetery, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Pringle, Robert Christie

Robert was registered later as born in Barrie, Ontario.  This  late  registration took place  in 1954. When filling out his attestation paper, Robert perhaps thought that he was born in Byng (Big) Inlet or Barrie was the city to register births for Byng Inlet.    His father worked at the sawmill in Byng Inlet at the time of Robert’s birth.  He was the 7th child of John Robertson  Pringle and Jane Tindal.    Both parents were  born in Scotland. Robert had 4 brothers and 3 sisters.   While his mother stayed home to look after the home and children, his father was a millright at a sawmill.

With the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, Robert signed his recruitment papers in Port Arthur, Ontario on 10 Jan 1918. Although his obituary states that he served for three years overseas, it is unlikely due to the date of signing unless he had served, returned home, and was later conscripted.

He remained single all his life.

Obituary:  ROBERT C. PRINGLE

‘Robert Christie Pringle passed away at the Pinecrest Home for the Aged at Kenora, Ont., September 17, 1992 at 104 years of age.

Mr. Pringle was born at Byng Inlet, Ontario on November 2, 1887 to parents John and Jane Pringle. In his youth he resided in Charlton where his family was among the pioneer settlers.

Mr. Pringle was one of the few remaining veterans of World War I when he served overseas for three years. Upon his return he went to Sioux Lookout where he owned and operated a sawmill for many years.

He was predeceased by four brothers John, George, William and Roy and by three sisters Jessie Reid, Margaret Oldfield and Elizabeth Brennen.

He was unmarried and is survived by several nieces and nephews. In this area they include Bill and Edra Pringle, Hazel Spangler, Charlie Reid, Elsie Emrick and Evelyn Bracher.

Funeral services were held at the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home on Monday, September 21 with Reverend Robin Wardlaw officiating. Members of Branch 78 Royal Canadian Legion conducted a memorial service at the graveside in Hillcrest Cemetery.’

By Linda Pelletier

PRINGLE FAMILY PORTRAIT:   ABOUT 1919  COURTESY OF HEATHER BRENNEN

BACK Row (L) to (R): David ‘Roy’ Pringle, Robert C ‘Bob’ Pringle, John T ‘Jack’ Pringle, Andrew William ‘Will’ Pringle, Elizabeth Pringle, George Pringle FRONT Row (L) to (R): Jessie Pringle, Jane Tindall, John R Pringle, Margaret Pringle

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