Postcards from Bob


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We have an active Auction It Facebook group in my community. Every week, I check out the items posted and, last week, came across an incredible treasure. Fortunately, I was the winning bidder!

These are small, hand embroidered postcards sent from Belgium by Corporal Robert Jackson (Bob) Correll to his mother in Whitby, Ontario. They were found in an old sewing box purchased at a yard sale about five years ago in Haliburton, Ontario.


card2 REV


card1 REV

Robert Jackson Correll was the youngest child of Robert Correll (1849-1918) and Hannah Willis (1849-1924). He was born 27 Jul 1890 at Port Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Sadly, Bob was wounded in action in France during the Somme Offensive and died at a Birmingham, England hospital a month after sending the postcards to his mother.

from WWI service file
~ from Library and Archives Canada (WWI service file for Robert Jackson Correll)

Robert Jackson Correll
Robert Jackson Correll ~ from

“Pte. Robt. J. Correll’s death occurred as a result of wounds received in action. Two telegrams were received on Sunday by his family, one to the effect that he had been admitted to the First Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England, on September 19th; the other states that he had died on September 23rd. “Bob,” as he was familiarly known in Whitby, enlisted a year ago with the 59th Battalion, and had the rank of Corporal. He went overseas last spring, and in order to get to the front he gave up his stripes and joined the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. It is assumed he was wounded about a week ago but no details have yet been received. He was 25 years of age and a son of Mrs. Correll, of Port Whitby, and brother of Wm. Correll, Mrs. Seymour Whitney, Mrs. E. R. Blow, and Mrs. Hugh Draper, all of Whitby. He was born in Whitby, obtained his education here and at the time of his enlisting was in the employ of Martin Manufacturing Co. He was popular among the youth here and had a host of friends.”

~ my transcription of an article that appeared in Whitby Gazette and Chronicle, 28 Sep 1916, front page

Robert Correll death
Seymour Whitney, Bob’s brother-in-law, is connected to my family through marriages on his maternal line to my 2x great uncle, William Elliott Thompson’s wife, Mary Sheridan (1871-1929).

I would like to return these cards to Bob’s family. If you’re related to Bob’s Correll family line, please get in touch with me at wgb.familyresearch(at)