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  cap badgePrivate Robert Glass Robertson

1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
Service No: 15825

Robert Glass Robertson grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Helen Robertson of 44c Main St, Coatbridge. Husband of Annie Nichol Robertson (05/10/1889- ) of 23 Hallcraig St, Airdrie. Father of 2 children, Christina Gillian Robertson born 14/10/1910 and William Robertson born 26/10/1913. Two of Robert's 4 brothers also fell. Both on the 25/09/1915 at the Battle of Loos. They were Private John R Robertson of the 11th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry and Private Thomas C Robertson of the 9th (Service) Battalion Black Watch. Another brother William also served and survived the war. Walter was the only Robertson brother not serving. In his Will dated 13/01/1917 Robert left the whole of his property and effects to his wife. From the 1901 Census - Address - 62 Merrystone St, Coatbridge - William Robertson aged 52, Helen Robertson aged 48, William Robertson aged 24, Thomas Robertson aged 20, Robert Robertson aged 18, Walter Robertson aged 15, John Robertson aged 13, Kelly Robertson aged 10, Annie Robertson aged 7. Robert's Pension was awarded to his wife Annie on the 29/10/1918. Both children are also listed.

Born / Resided

Glasgow / 23 Hallcraig St, Airdrie


Died of Wounds on the 24/04/1918 at the 26th General Hospital at Etaples. Wounds received during the Battles of the Lys


Airdrie 11/12/1914


Airdrie Bolt Works



Buried / Remembered

Etaples Military Cemetery (XXXII. C. 5A), Pas de Clais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Etaples Military Cemetery is the largest CWGC cemetery in France. It is located near Boulogne on the former site of a large military hospital complex used by the Allies during the First World War.The cemetery contains 10,769 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. Hospitals were stationed again at Etaples during the Second World War. The cemetery was used for burials from January 1940 until the evacuation at the end of May 1940. After the war, a number of graves were brought into the cemetery from other French burial grounds. Of the 119 Second World War burials, 38 are unidentified.

Additional Information

ADDITIONAL FAMILY INFORMATION - From the 1891 Census - Address - 6 Main St, Anderston, Glasgow - William Robertson aged 43, Helen Robertson aged 39, William Robertson aged 14, Elizabeth Robertson aged 12, Thomas Robertson aged 10, Robert Robertson aged 8, Walter Robertson aged 5, John Robertson aged 3, Helen Robertson aged 2 weeks. The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 8th Brigade, 3rd Division when Robert fell. Robert came through most of the heavy fighting until he Died of Wounds in the 26th General Hospital at Etaples just over 6 months before the Armistice. The Battalion were involved in these Battles in April 1918 - the Battle of Estaires, 9th – 11th April, the Battle of Hazebrouck (fought in the defence of Hinges Ridge), 12th – 15th April and the Battle of Bethune, 18th April. These Battles were part of the Battles of the Lys, 9th April – 29th April 1918 : The third German offensive Operation Georgette takes place in Flanders with the objective of capturing key railway and supply roads and cutting off British Second Army at Ypres. After initial successes the German attack is once again held after British and French reserves are somehow found and deployed. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at See Directory for Robert's brothers Thomas and John's pages. Robert is also remembered on the Airdrie War Memorial (see photos x 2). See photos for Robert's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, Etaples Military Cemetery, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, Robert's Pension Record x 2 and the Royal Scots Fusiliers Cap Badge.

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