Robert Collinson GREENWOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 285096
Unit: 2nd Battalion WELSH REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 March 1918
Age: 26
Cemetery: Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Fielden and Mary Greenwood had married in the Rochdale area in the 1880s and didn't move to Reddish, with their children Robert and Ruth, until the end of 1890s. They lived at 2 Hill Street and, later, at 2 Hibbert Street. Nothing else is known about Robert's life before he joined the army at Stockport. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment and given 201749 as his service number. The number indicates his enlistment was after the beginning of 1917. He will have gone overseas a few weeks later, after training. The 4th Battalion spent 1917 fighting in Palestine but it is probable that Robert was sent to France and immediately transferred to the Welsh Regiment.

On 13 March 1918, Robert and his mates were near the Belgian village of Poelcapelle, just outside Ypres (now Ieper). Regimental records published after the War note that he "died" - normally a designation for a death from natural causes or an accident unconnected with combat. He is buried in a cemetery used by an Advanced Dressing Station and this is certainly where he might have been first taken had he fallen ill. However, an examination of the Battalion's War Diary, at the National Archives, notes that, on this day, patrol went out into No Man's Land and three men were wounded. It seems more probable that Robert was one of these men and that his wounds were so severe that he only survived until he reached the Dressing Station.

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