Rank: Private
Number: 267933
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Robert was born in Middleton (to the north of Manchester) and, by the time of the 1901 Census, was living nearby in Rochdale, working as an "iron borer". Later he moved to Stockport. The family history website, FreeBMD, suggests that, between July and September 1908, he married Alice May. They lived at 47 Newbridge Lane, Stockport.

When Robert originally enlisted in the army, he served with the Royal Field Artillery (service number 136272). At some point he was transferred to the Cheshire Regiment becoming an infantryman. On 31 July 1917, his Battalion attacked German positions at St Julien, near Ypres, on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. After the advance, Robert was posted as missing. It was not until the following April, that the army made the official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.

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