Robert Leonard Brown signature

On this day in 1916, Robert Leonard Brown, a bookkeeper, signed up in Belleville. He was born in Deseronto on October 3rd, 1889, the son of Arthur Proctor Brown and Lydia Ann (née Doolittle). His father was the librarian for Deseronto for thirty years.

Brown enlisted in the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636423. He was five feet seven inches tall, with a fair complexion, light brown eyes and hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 on the SS Northland. He served with reserve battalions in England for a year, then joined the 2nd Battalion in France on December 8th, 1917. In July 1918 he was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Divisional Signal Company.

Robert was demobilized on March 29th, 1919 in Montreal and in 1921 was living at 57 Catherine Street, Belleville with the Walton family. He married Lottie Adelia Walton on June 19th, 1926.