Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 27, 1900
Place of BirthMaybole
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinFather: Robert Fisher (Sr)- Keewatin, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
Service Details
Regimental Number198688
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion94th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 4, 1916
Age at Enlistment15
Theatre of ServiceGreat Britain
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 14, 1971
Age at Death71
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Fisher, Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson Fisher was the son of Robert Armour Fisher and Mary Jane Davidson. His father Robert also signed up at the same time in Kenora, Ontario. On his attestation papers he had lied about his year of birth, stating that it was 1897. It was  discovered later that he was underage when he joined up  and was actually born in 1900 making him only 15 years old at that time.

With the 94th Battalion, he embarked from Halifax on the S.S. Olympic on June 28th, 1916, arriving in Liverpool on July 6th. By the 18th, Robert was  taken on strength with the 32nd Reserve Battalion, then in November to the 34th Battalion at Shoreham. The following spring, in April 1917, he was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion.

During this posting in Eastbourne, he was injured. On June 8th he ‘injured leg 4 days ago while working on road. leg was caught between ground and bar on truck which struck anterior portion by 2″ above ankle.’ It was determined to be a fibula fracture, and he was given a plaster cast. By the end of August, the doctors noted a ‘good result.’ By November, he was posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Shorncliffe. He also was posted to the Canadian Specialty Hospital at Witley, then to the Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott. He continued to serve until January 3rd, 1919 when he boarded the S.S. Scotian and sailed to St. John, New Brunswick. He was discharged on March 4th, 1919 in Winnipeg. In total, he served for 2 1/2 years, according to his records.

After the war Robert worked in the flour mill in Keewatin as a miller and a power house operator. In 1926 he married Ethel Florence Walsh at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Kenora, Ontario. Their children were Robert John (1925), Marguerite (1926-2010), and Eileen (1920-2010) who married John Batiuk (1932-2009). They had 2 children.

Robert is buried with his wife in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, Ontario. He is commemorated for his service  on the Municipality of Keewatin For King and Country plaque, on the Town of Keewatin Roll of Honour, and on the Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour.

by Penny Beal


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