|Date of Birth||November 2, 1887|
|Place of Birth||Byng Inlet, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Mother: Jane Pringle, Creighton Mines, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Sawyer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Port Arthur, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||Fort Frances, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||January 10, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||30|
|Theatre of Service||Unknown|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||September 17, 1992|
|Age at Death||105|
|Buried At||Hillcrest Cemetery, Sioux Lookout, Ontario|
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