1889 Oct/Dec . Born Middlesex
1891 census at 20, Charlotte Street, Westoe, South Shields
1901 census at 104, North End Road, Fulham
1911 census His parents are at 15 Warwick Terrace Plumstead Common Plumstead, but he is not there.
1914 Oct 6. Lands in France
1915 Sep 14.Commissioned. as temp 2nd Lt. Second Corporal Robert William Friend of RE, into Bedfordshire Regt
1917 May 13. DCM awarded
1919 Jan/Mar Married Sarah J Cross in Durham (she must have been a widow)
1919 Jan 10. Lt. R. W. Friend, D.C.M., Bedf. R /to be temp. Capt. whilst empld. as Garr. Messing Officer.
1919 Jul 24. Bedf. R—Lt. R. W. Friend, D.C.M., retires, receiving a gratuity.
1920 Dec 20 Joined ADRIC with service no 1294. Posted to M Coy
1921 Feb 5 Promoted Section Leader
1922 Jan 19. discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1923 Apr 30 . Arrives in New York from UK. He is an engineer, next of kin Sarah Friend, 18 Victoria St , Willington (Crook, County Durham), his place of birth was South Shields. (this is address on MIC)
1924 Feb 24. His wife Sarah arrives in Canada