CEF Soldier Detail

Sergeant Robert Spall
Died: August 13, 1918

Regimental Number:
475212
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Company:
Place of Birth:
Ealing, Essex
Country:
Next of Kin:
Charles Spall (father), 2642 St. Urbain St., Montreal, Quebec.
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
March 5, 1890
Trade or Calling:
Customs Broker
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
July 28, 1915
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Unknown
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Parvillers
Date of Death:
August 13, 1918
Age at Death:
28
Buried at:
Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Plot:
N/A
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9169-7
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Sergeant Canadian Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Images
Sgt. Robert Spall, Source:  CANADA IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR. Toronto / United Publishers of Canada Limited, 1921

Son of Charles and Annie Maria Spall, of 2542 Urbain St, Montreal, Quebec.

Original overseas unit 90th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Joined the P.P.C.L.I. in the field September 18, 1916.

Awarded the Victoria Cross. 

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 26th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice when, during an enemy counter-attack, his platoon was isolated. Thereupon Serjt. Spall took a Lewis gun and, standing on the parapet, fired upon the advancing enemy, inflicting very severe casualties. He then came down the trench directing the men into a sap seventy-five yards from the enemy. Picking up another Lewis gun, this gallant N.C.O. again climbed the parapet, and by his fire held up the enemy. It was while holding up the enemy at this point that he was killed. Serjt. Spall deliberately gave his life in order to extricate his platoon from a most difficult situation, and it was owing to his bravery that the platoon was saved."

 

Awards and Decorations
Victoria Cross