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Corporal Robert Smith Pithie

Royal Engineers 1st Lowland Division Field Company
Service No: 2382

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of James and Marion Pithie. Husband of Mrs Janet Pithie of 49d Ronald St, Coatbridge. Roberts brother Private Hugh Pithie of the Royal Engineers wrote a letter to Roberts wife telling of his death (see newspaper clipping). Another brother Private William Pithie of the 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 10/02/1915 (see index). In his Will dated 22/12/1914 Robert left the whole of his property and effects to his wife

Born / Resided

Whitehaven, Cumberland / 49d Ronald St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 20/07/1916 shot through the head

Enlisted

Coatbridge 1914

Employed

Chain Works

Age

31

Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate ) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

Robert was killed when out working in front of his own line. Just as work was finishing a German machine-gun opened up and shot Robert through the head. See newspaper clipping for letter sent to Roberts wife from Officer Commanding Captain William Downs also from Coatbridge. Robert attended his brother Williams funeral in February 1915. Robert is listed as SAPPER on the Memorial. Also remembered on the Maxwell Parish Church and East United Free Churches Rolls of Honour and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos). See photos for Roberts name on the Menin Gate Memorial

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