Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 8, 1878
Place of BirthGlasgow
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinRobert Scott, father, 168 Alexander Street, Fossilpark, Glasgow, Scotland
Trade / CallingMechanic
Service Details
Regimental Number2114824
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion2nd Battalion, CMGC
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Machine Gun Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at EnlistmentMinaki, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentDecember 8, 1916
Age at Enlistment38
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMay 7, 1945
Age at Death67
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Scott, Robert Brown

Robert Brown Scott was born on 8 February 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland. His father Robert Scott was from Biggar, Lanarkshire while his mother Jessie Cleghorn was from Glasgow. The couple married on 23 June 1868 in Glasgow. The 1871 Scotland census placed the family in Edinburgh where Robert Sr was working as a railway clerk. Children born in Edinburgh were Alexander (1869), Janet (Jessie) (1871), and Isabella (1873). By the birth of the next child, son George in 1876, the family was in Glasgow where Robert Sr worked as a commercial clerk. By the time of the 1881 census the family was living in Maryhill, Lanarkshire, Robert Sr’s occupation given as Ironworks mercantile clerk at the time of the census. It appears that at some point Alexander had died as the next child born to the family in 1881 in Maryhill was named Alexander. Daughter Mary was born in 1886 in Maryhill. The family relocated to Glasgow by the 1891 census where Robert Sr found work as a commercial clerk and Robert Jr as a page boy. By the 1901 census Robert Sr was working as a clerk at the Lambhill Forger and Robert Jr as an upholsterer.

According to his obituary, Robert immigrated to Canada in 1905 although a later Canada census gave the year as 1909. Given the commonality of the name, a confirmed passenger list was not found. By the time he signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg on 8 December 1916, Robert was living in Minaki, Ontario, a village about 60 kilometres north of Kenora in northwestern Ontario. His occupation was given as mechanic and his father back in Glasgow as next of kin. Likely to appear younger, his year of birth was given as 1881.

With the 8th Reinforcing Draft to the No 1 Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Robert arrived in England aboard the Canada on 6 February 1917. In early May he was transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion and then on to the 27th Battalion for service overseas nine days later. The 27th Battalion (City of Winnipeg) was authorized on 7 November 1914 and recruited in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kenora and Rainy River, Ontario. It had embarked for Great Britain on 17 May 1915 and disembarked in France on 18 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war.

In August 1917 Robert sustained a gunshot/shrapnel wound to his face and was admitted to the No 22 General Hospital in Camiers on the 23rd. A few days later he was transferred to the No 6 Convalescent Hospital in Étaples and then on to the No 11 Convalescent Hospital in Buchy, discharged to Base Details in Étaples on 22 September. By late February 1918 Robert was attached to the 14th Canadian Machine Gun Company. He was granted a fourteen day leave to the UK in mid March. Reorganized that March, by the time Robert returned from his leave his unit had become the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps. In late October 1918 he was briefly transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool. That November while cleaning up in a billet, a steel spike ran into his third finger of his right hand. Infection followed and Robert was returned to England in December, attached to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot. Still with problems with his hand, in mid January of 1919 he was admitted to the No 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne and on 8 February he was transferred to the No 15 General Hospital in Taplow, with discharge on 11 March. Robert embarked for Canada on 16 April 1919 aboard the Belgic, arriving in Halifax on the 23rd. He was discharged from service on demobilization on 27 April in Winnipeg.

Robert returned to Minaki after the war, working as a salesman/clerk for many years for the Hudson Bay Company general store. Following a short illness, Robert died on 17 May 1945 in the Kenora General Hospital. Informant on his Ontario death record was Peter Black, a WW1 veteran also originally from Scotland. Robert is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. Previously unmarked, his grave marker was provided by Last Post Fund in August of 2020.

By Judy Stockham

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