Robert Edward SERMON
Rank: Private
Number: 26449
Unit: 2/4th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Date of Death: 28 August 1916
Cemetery: H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St-Mein, Pas de Calais, France

In terms of this project, Robert Sermon is very much a mystery man. Regimental records published after the War and now available on the CD-ROM "Soldiers Died in the Great War", show that he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. However, it has not been possible to corroborate the birth information from any other records, such as the 1901 Census or family history websites, such as Free BMD. In the latter case, there are records of the registration of a birth of a Robert Edward Sermon in Manchester in 1875 and Prestwich in 1898, but none in the immediate Stockport area.

The Census does record that John and Ada Sermon, a couple in their late 20s, were living at 37 Rosebury Street, Reddish. They may have been related to Robert.

Robert's military service has also proved impossible to unravel within the scope of this project.. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his Battalion as above. However, this second line Territorial unit did not go overseas until 1917 and, furthermore, his service is inconsistent with a Territorial unit. The National Archives' on-line medal entitlement records confirm his service number and Regiment and, it must be presumed, he served with a different Battalion.

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