CEF Award Detail

Private Merrill Chapman Robinson

Member of the Order of the British Empire

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Canadian Infantry
8th Battalion
Enlistment Date:
April 6, 1915
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1896
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Citation Source:
Civilian award June 5, 1943
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Soldier Notes:
Chapman was born at Fort William Ontario, enlisting in the 52nd Battalion CEF on 6 April 1915; he joined the 8th Battalion on 14 August 1915 in the field. He was appointed Lance-Sergeant in 1916. Robinson's service records confirm he was WIA on the first day of battle of VIMY RIDGE. The wounds cost him his vision and he nearly lost his leg. After a long recovery in hospitals in England he trained as a physiotherapist and married one of his nurses. In 1940 he was invited by the Minister of Defence to form the first Citizen's Rehabilitation Council. He also worked with the National War Finance Committee and in 1943 was awarded the MBE. His post-WWI career is catalogued in a brief biography at UBC when he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1957.

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