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  cap badgeCorporal John Robertson

Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) 11th Squadron
Service No: 39977

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Peter and Janet Laurie Robertson of 50 St John St, Coatbridge then 32a Colt Terrace, Coatbridge. John's younger brother Lance Corporal Thomas Robertson of the 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion Highland Light Infantry Died of Wounds on the 09/11/1916. 2 other brothers also served one of which was hospitalised in Dublin suffering from wounds in late 1916. From the 1901 Census - Address - 9e Blairhill St, Coatbridge - Peter Robertson aged 44, Janet Robertson aged 40, William Robertson aged 15, Janet L Robertson aged 12, Peter Robertson aged 10, John Robertson aged 8, Thomas Robertson aged 7, Alexander Robertson aged 3, Helen Robertson Jr aged 1. John's Pension was awarded to his father Peter and mother Janet on the 18/06/1918. His brother Thomas' Pension was awarded to his father Peter and mother Janet on the 11/09/1917.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 50 St John St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 01/12/1917

Enlisted

Coatbridge 07/09/1914

Employed

Rivet Maker in the Stobcross Bolt and Rivet Works

Age

25

Buried / Remembered

Cambrai Memorial (Panel 13), Louverval, Nord, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

On an elevated terrace in Louverval Military Cemetery in Louverval, France, stands the Cambrai Memorial. It commemorates 7,116 servicemen from Britain and South Africa who died in the Battle of Cambrai whose graves are not known. On 20 November 1917, the British Third Army launched an attack towards Cambrai. The method of assault was new, with no preliminary artillery bombardment. Instead, a large number of tanks were used in significant force. The memorial holds the names of seven recipients of the Victoria Cross.

Additional Information

John was formerly with the 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry from the 12/09/1914 to the 06/03/1916 when he disembarked in Rouen, France and joined the 6th Dragoon Guards (11981) in the field. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on the 29/12/1916. His Grave photo was donated by Mick McCann at the britishwargraves.co.uk. See Directory for John's younger brother Thomas' page. John is also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Dunbeth Parish Churches Rolls of Honour (John's brother Thomas is on another section of the Dunbeth Church Roll of Honour) and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery which lists John and his brother Thomas (see photos). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Cambrai Memorial, his name on the Cambrai Memorial Panel List, John's Service Record x 13, his and younger brother Thomas' Pension Records x 2, his previous Regiment the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) Cap Badge and the Machine Gun Corps Cap Badge.

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