Robert GEE
Rank: Corporal
Number: 05026
Unit: 81st Ammunition Depot ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS
Date of Death: 19 May 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Ebbingham Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Robert is believed to have been the only child of Charles and Frances Gee. When the Census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 55 Church Street, Stockport and 14 year Robert was earning his living as an organ builder. This may have only involved the metalwork as he was later reported to earn his living in Manchester carrying out his trade as ablacksmith.

In the late summer of 1909, he and Jenny Durrant married at Trinity Methodist Church on Wellington Road and they would have one child together – a daughter. They lived at 47 Menai Road, Adswood (and, after the War, Jenny lived nearby at 30 Vicarage Road).

Reporting his death, the Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 31 May 1918, noted that Robert had previously been awarded “a certificate for gallantry and devotion to duty under enemy shell-fire”. Such certificates, usually issued by the General commanding the sector, were not at all uncommon and were the lowest level of recognition of a brave act. The paper recorded that he had been injured in the leg by the explosion of a bomb and had been taken to hospital where he had died. In the language of the Great War, a “bomb” could be a bomb dropped from a plane as we would understand it today or it might mean a grenade. If it was the latter, it might mean that there had been an accidental explosion of a grenade at the depot as Robert’s job was obviously not at the front line. He will have been evacuated to one of the two field hospitals at Ebblingha, - 2nd and 15th Casualty Clearing Station. There, military surgeons would have done all they could to save his life but without success.

   
           
   
     
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