Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 49529
Unit: 11th Batatlion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 9 September 1917
Age: 25
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Bob had been born in Stockport and the family home was at 25 Victoria Street, Shaw Heath. It is not known how he earned a living but much of his spare time was spent as a member of the Stockport Operatic Society. He was a good tenor and had performed at concerts at military hospitals before going overseas. His original service number, 4657, suggests that he originally enlisted into the local Territorial Battalion, the 6th Cheshires, and probably went on active service with them during 1916. It is not known when he transferred to the 10th Battalion but the letters received by his family (below), suggests he had good mates in the Battalion and must have been with them for a while.

During early September, the Battalion was in support of those in the front line. Each night, it moved forward, under cover of darkness, to help consolidate and rebuild the trenches and strongpoints which had been damaged by enemy artillery fire. Robert died in a military hospital on 9 September, the letter from his sergeant suggesting his wounds were probably received on the 6th. "We were at Ypres and went up the line each night, returning in the early morning. A spent German bullet went into his ear. It must have affected his brain. He died three days later in hospital. You will have the satisfaction of knowing he got a decent burial. There were four more hit with a shell the same morning in the same section."

Other mates confirmed that he had been shot in the head by a sniper whilst on a working party. One wrote of "the many talks I had with him and we have compared some of the scenery in France to that round Stockport and he said many a time he would sooner be in Vernon Park. He was very unassuming in his manner and many a time has poor old Bob obliged us with a song and his turn was always popular for he could sing a song with one of the best."

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