Robert Horsburgh Robertson
Service No: 2309
Place of Birth: Rutherglen
Date of Death: 06/05/1915
Theatre of Death: F&F
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Scottish) (14th Bn.)
Cemetery: Rue-Des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue
Additional information: Son of Robert Holmes Robertson and Jessie Horsburgh Robertson, late of Stonelaw House, Rutherglen.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mr and Mrs R H Robertson, Stonelaw House.
Soldier’s Effects information: Father Robert Robertson.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour: 2nd s. of Robert Holmes Robertson of Stonelaw House, Rutherglen by his wife Jessie dau. of Robert Horsburgh and nephew of John Horsburg of the Hele Paper Co,. Ltd., of Cullompton, co. Devon; b. Rutherglen, 11 Oct. 1884; educ. Stonelaw School and Glasgow Academy, was in business with his uncle at the Hele Paper Co., Ltd., but on the outbreak of war immediately joined the London Scottish and was early drafted to France. He quickly rose to be a corpl., and was on the eve of being gazetted to a commission when he was shot by a bullet at dawn on 6 May 1915; unm. His Capt. wrote: “He was a splendid fellow, and had done so well that he was offered and had accepted a commission in the regt. He was greatly loved by his comrades.” He was buried at Richebourg in an orchard by the remainder of the “five inseparables,” of whom he had been one, and a cross marks the spot.
1911 census information:
Address: Royal Pier Hotel, Birnbeck Road, Weston-Super-Mare.
Self: Robert Horsburgh (26) cloth finisher, bleacher,born about 1885 in Rutherglen.