Private Merrill Chapman Robinson

Regimental Number:
438462
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
8th Battalion
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
No
Enlistment Date:
April 6, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
18
Enlisted at:
Fort William, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Civilian Occupation:
Assistant Civil Engineer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Burial:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
May 13, 1896
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Jane Robinson, mother, 227 Ross Street, Fort William, Ontario
Place of Birth:
Fort William, Ontario
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Baptist
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
35 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 8393 - 1
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private
Canadian Infantry
52nd Battalion
Private
Canadian Infantry
8th Battalion
Awards and Decorations
Member of the Order of the British Empire
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.
Research Notes
MBE, 14/15 Star Trio, 37 Coronation and 53 Coronation medals exist.