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Robert Molloy was born in Darwen, Lancashire in the third quarter of 1872. He grew up with his stepmother Mary Ann Molloy [later Adamson] (b.1842). His father, Bernard Molloy had died in 1880 in Blackburn when Robert was eight years old. Robert had one elder brother, Thomas (b.1862), and five sisters, two older and two younger. Mary Ellen (b.1862), Elizabeth Ann (b.1867), Sarah (b.1876) and Jane (b.1879) and Ann (b. 1883). The family was Roman Catholic.

Towards the end of the 1880’s Robert was in the 1st Volunteer Company of the East Lancashire Regiment, and working as a Quarryman.

Part One – Imperial Policing
On 18 Jun 1889, Robert now aged 18 enlisted with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Preston for a term of service of 7 years with the colours and 5 in the reserve. He was given the service number 2905.

His medical assessment noted his height being 5ft 6”, his weight as 131 lbs and his chest as 34”. Robert was described as being of fresh complexion with brown hair. The doctor did note a linear scar on his left hand over the distal joint of the forth finger, with that finger bent at a right angle, but concluded that Robert Molloy was fit for service.

Home duties: 18 Jun 1889 – 21 Feb 1892
Upon joining the Regiment he spent his first three years on home duties with the 2nd Battalion. On 03 July 1889 he was in Jersey, and then on 10 Jan 1890 they were at Enniskillen, Ireland until 21 Feb 1892. Whilst in Ireland, Robert was admitted to the hospital in Belturbet on three occasions.

East Indies: 22 Feb 1892 – 19 Feb 1896
On 22 Feb 1892 Robert joined and sailed with the 1st Battalion for the East Indies on H.M.S Crocodile. They arrived in Bombay a little under a month later on 19 Mar 1892. Whilst in Bombay, he was admitted to the hospital in Colaba for fever. On 20 Dec 1894 he was in Poona (Pune).

Ceylon: 20 Feb 1896 – 11 Jan 1897
Remaining with the 1st Battalion, on 20 Feb 1896 they sailed from the East Indies to Ceylon on S.S Pavonia, arriving in Colombo four days later on 24 Feb 1896.

Home duties: 12 Jan 1897 – 25 Aug 1898
Returning home from Ceylon in January 1897 Robert was now back with the 2nd Battalion. On 14 Apr 1898 he was admitted to hospital in Aldershot with Hepatitis.

Transfer to Lancashire Fusiliers
On 15 May 1898 Robert Molloy transferred to the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, his new service number was 6379. Further service abroad found him sailing to Malta on the S.S Jelunga on 26 Aug 1898 where he remained until 04 Nov 1899. Robert then spent 10 months in Cyprus (22 Nov 1899 – 16 Sep 1900). It was here on 21 April 1900 that Robert achieved his 3rd class certificate of education. Robert returned to Malta for the last quarter of 1900 (17 Sep – 01 Dec), before returning to the UK and leaving the Army on 04 Dec 1900 having served a total of 11 years and 170 days active service.

[There is one note on his later re-enlistment papers giving 26 May 1908 as his discharge date upon termination of service – there is no evidence to support this.]

Part Two – France, 1914-18
On 14 Aug 1914 at the outbreak of WW1, Robert Molloy re-enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and signed up for a further 6 years specialist reserve service. Robert, now aged 41 gave his trade as a labourer, he was still a miner. Robert was given the service number 11026.

On 09 Sep 1914 whilst at Felixtowe, Robert Molloy was promoted to Lance Corporal, probably due to his previous military experience.

On 29 Nov 1914 he embarked for France to join and reinforce the 1st Battalion.

Robert had not yet arrived with the battalion on the 3rd December 1914 when H.M The King visited the Brigade at Hazebrouck. It is noted in the War Diary that the battalion was formed up on either side of the street and gave three cheers for the King as he passed by.

On 4th December Robert Molloy, along with 457 other N.C.Os under the command of 2/Lieut. Horace Gray Gilliland joined the 1st battalion at Hazebrouck. 2/Lieut. Gilliland was posted to B Coy.

2 Lt Horace Gray Gilliland

2 Lt Horace Gray Gilliland

The 5th and 6th December 1914 were spent at Hazebrouck refitting. At about 09:00AM on the 6th, three bombs were dropped by a German aeroplane, hitting a house within C Company’s billets. This resulted in ten soldiers being killed and a further eight wounded. There were also eight civilians, two of which were children killed in this bombing, and several others wounded. The Prince of Wales who was visiting the battalion billets that day expressed his sympathy with the Regiment.

The battalion remained at Hazebrouck until 21st December. During this time they were issued their winter clothing, continued their training, had rifle and grenade demonstrations, made practice attacks and conducted several route marches. On the 12th December they were ordered at 07:00AM to be ready to move at two hours notice, but nothing transpired on this occasion.
On 20th December at 16:25PM the battalion was ordered to stand by and be ready to move at once.

21st – 22nd December 1914 – Givenchy.
On 21st December at 07:00AM the battalion, with 2nd Brigade moved by motorbuses to Zelobes (1/2 mile west of Vieille Chapelle). From Zelobes they marched to Le Touret, arriving about 12:45PM.

Orders were received that the battalion, along with the Northamptons, should make a night attack in order to regain some trenches that had been taken by the Germans on the night of 19th – 20th December near an orchard by LA QUINQUE RUE. It was noted in the War Diary that the information of the enemy’s disposition was somewhat vague.

The battalion left Le Touret at 15:30PM followed by the Northamptons and were led by a guide (an officer of 2nd Gurkhas) to a spot from which it was decided the attack should commence. The men carried 170 rounds of ammunition each.

By 18:45PM the two battalions were deployed ready to advance. A and D Coys in the front line, supported by C and B Coys at 100 yards distance. The Loyal North Lancashires took the right of the line and the Northamptons the left. The whole frontage covered about 300 yards.

At 19:00PM the order to advance was given by Major Powell and the whole line moved forward with fixed bayonets, the companies now being closed up and in two ranks.
After crossing two lines of trenches occupied by the 58th Infantry, with heavy rifle fire they charged and occupied the front line of the enemy’s trenches. After a short halt the attack was continued and another trench about 100 yards further on was captured. The battalion advanced further and was reorganised on a road by the orchard. During the advance 2nd Lieut Ellis was seriously wounded and about 20 men killed and wounded. It was during this advance that Robert Molloy suffered a bayonet wound to the head.

A line was occupied, and a reconnaissance conducted about 20 yards to the rear of the orchard. Tools were sent up to the newly held trench an hour or so later. It is written that the night was very wet and cold and the men only had minimum rations.

The line was held throughout the night, but they did suffer some casualties from bombs that were thrown from a German trench running obliquely to their right flank. Robert Molloy suffered shrapnel wounds to the left cheek as a result of these bombs. At 07:00 AM on the 22nd December a Company was withdrawn from the Northamptons line due to the trenches being over-crowded.

Shortly after day break a very strong German attack developed from the direction of LA QUINQUE RUE and by 10:00AM the line became untenable chiefly owing to the enfilade fire (flanking fire) from the right flank which was very exposed. It was at this time that LCpl Robert Molloy suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and was subsequently taken prisoner of war.

After suffering very heavy losses and putting up a very stubborn defence, the retirement of the line commenced from the left and about 300 men succeeded in reaching the Rue de Bois.
The Battalion was collected and reformed on Rue de L’Epinette, the Machine Gun detachment cooperating with the Northamptons went up in support and a line was held by them roughly on the line when the attack had started on the night before. At about 15:00PM the battalion was withdrawn and went into billets at La Couture.

The battalion loses from this action were heavy. Captains Smart and Graham killed. Captains (De Cantect), Lieutenant Batty-Smith, 2nd Lieutenant Gilliland were all missing. Captain Hay was slightly wounded. There were 408 other ranks killed, wounded or missing, including Robert Molloy.
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Account of events given in interview with 2nd Lieutenant Gilliand, oic Robert Molloy
…1st Battalion. In December 1914 we were in reserve at Hazebrouck, when the Indians, who were holding the position before La Bassee were driven out of their trenches, and we were brought up in a hurry to correct the position which had been created by their retirement.

The division to which I was attached was ordered to carry the three lines of trenches which had been taken, and Sir Douglas Haig himself was on the ground less than 300 yards from the enemy’s trenches directing the operations. He told us that we must take and hold the trenches for 24 hours to give him a chance of digging in behind us. The whole division charged, the trenches were retaken and the front line occupied and, as well as we could do so, we consolidated. We had no other tools than our entrenching tools. We had 150 rounds of ammunition, no bombs, no machine guns and practically no artillery to support us.

We held the trench until December 22nd, by which time our ammunition was exhausted and the Germans were lobbing bombs into the trench and doing great execution amongst our men. I found myself the only officer left, and had, in addition to my company I had about half a company of the Northamptons, who I had found on our left and were officerless.

On the 22nd December, between 3 and 4pm – at La Bassee- the enemy came over and I was taken prisoner. I had been wounded at a much earlier period in the right angle and had a severe gun wound of the pleura [apparently perforation of pleura wall by ends of rib broken by fragment of shell, which did not however cause any important flesh wound – Examiner]. I had plugged the wound in my ankle with iodine. Whilst in the trench I had been hit in the side by a bit of shell which had broken three or four of my ribs. Before that, I was able to hobble up and down the trench with the aid of a stick, but when the enemy reached our trenches I was practically ‘out’, although as it proved, I was still able to walk under compulsion, though such an effort gave me very great pain.

The enemy regiment which entered our trenches was, I believe, the 57th Bavarian – it was certainly a Bavarian regiment – and no sooner had they entered the trenches than they went to work, systematically to bayonet such of our men that remained alive. Possibly because I was an officer I was spared as also were three men in my immediate vicinity, all of whom were badly wounded. I saw the Germans do this terrible work and I also heard the screams of our wounded who were lying out behind the trench as they were slaughtered. I was taken before an officer, whose name I do not know, and was treated fairly civilly. He took away my papers and handed me my three men to escort. All four of us were badly wounded and could not by any stretch of imagination be described as walking cases, but we were compelled to walk first across No Man’s Land and then through the enemy’s communicating trenches towards La Bassee.

Two of my men were walking before me. One was wounded in the head and was practically blinded. Another was shot through the stomach. The third man who followed me was also badly wounded in the body and constantly stopped from sheer pain, twice collapsing, being pricked on again by the sentry’s bayonet. I could not offer him any help because it was as much as I could do to half crawl and half walk myself, but after he had collapsed twice I went back to him and said “you must do your best, you saw how they treated our wounded”. He replied “I can’t go on, Sir”. I encouraged him by telling him it was not much farther to go and he made another effort. Presently he collapsed again and lay moaning on the ground. The sentry said something in German and then shortening his rifle he bayoneted the man on the ground, and when I cursed him he threatened me.

I do not remember either the name of the man who was bayoneted, nor do I know the name of the German soldier. At this time I did not speak German. He was not a soldier of the same regiment that came over and bayoneted the wounded men in the trench, but he was I believe, a Bavarian. At the time the man was bayoneted he had already walked a mile. I was taken into La Bassee and reported the matter to the Major of Headquarters Staff who interrogated me. He told me that it was not true and that it could not have happened. My two men were waiting outside and I represented that they were in very great pain and asked that they should be sent to hospital, which he promised to do.
I was then taken by train to Lille….

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My German Prisons – H.G.Gilliland
Horace G. Gilliland also wrote a book about his time whilst interred.

It is called ‘My German Prisons’ and can be read free online;
http://ia600301.us.archive.org/0/items/mygermanprisonsb00gillrich/mygermanprisonsb00gillrich.pdf
The book reads similarly as to what was said during Gillilands Interview, albeit with a little more detail at certain points.

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Part Three – Prisoner of War
Robert Molloy was held as a prisoner of war in internment camps in Germany, firstly (#15068) at Wittenberg, then later he was transferred to (#17029) Alten-Grabow, until March 1918.

Whilst at Wittenberg, Robert Molloy volunteered for, and worked on the wards during the well documented typhus outbreak at the camp in 1914/15. It was for this dangerous and valuable service that subsequently saw him awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (see letter from Major Priestley RAMC below).

Robert would too have been subject to the mistreatment by the Germans that was the subject of several investigations due to having a higher than expected death rate due to overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, poor diet and lack of medical personnel.

National Archives record WO 161/99/50 (Interviews and reports about the treatment of British Prisoners of War) gives an account by 4096 Private William Hulme who was captured and at Wittenberg at the same time as Robert Molloy;

Hulme, William, No. 4096, Private, Loyal North Lancs.
34, Charles Street, Bolton, Lancs.
Captured at La Bassee, France, 21st December 1914.
Age, 56. Occupation, collier.
Unwounded.

JOURNEY. Dec. 21, 1914. LILLE Dec. 21-24. 1914.
When captured I was taken to Lille Fort. I had a train journey of six or seven hours, and the sentries knocked myself and others about with their fists and spat at us. The journey through the streets from the station to the fort occupied two hours and the civilians were allowed to kick and whip the prisoners. At the fort the sentries treated us better. We spent two nights in the fort and were given bread and coffee.

JOURNEY. Dec. 24 – 26, 1914.
On 24th December we left the fort for Wittenberg, arriving on the 26th December. Only once on this journey, on 25th December, we were given bread and coffee.

WITTENBERG. Dec. 26, 1914 – June 23, 1916.
After our arrival at Wittenberg we were left to ourselves until the latter end of July 1915. Our food was thrown down a shoot into the road and our soup was left outside the cook-house about 100 yards away and we went and fetched it. During this time we had no medical attendance and prisoners were dying every day from typhus. A man name Lovibond was, we understood, a chemist, and he did the best he could for all the sick. In the camp there were as many as 10,000 to 14,000 prisoners, English, French, Belgian, Russian. Up to July 1915 I did not have a change of clothing.

Our food consisted of the following;
6 a.m. – Tea or coffee
8 a.m. – Bread
11 a.m. – Soup.
6 p.m. – Soup (usually water).

In July 1915 tea and coffee was knocked off and soup was supplied, the same quality as served at 6 p.m.

For the first nine months no prisoner received any parcels and no prisoner was allowed to write home. My first letter home was sent about September 1915. Up to October 1915 I suffered from the want of food and weakness. I could not walk across the square without resting.

I think in August 1915 Captain Vidal and Major Priestley arrived and took over the medical work of the camp. From this time the general condition of the camp greatly improved. Towards the end of July the German officers and men arrived and inspected the men, to arrange for work for the prisoners. I commenced work in September 1915, my hours being 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every other Sunday 24 hours. For this work I received 65 pfennigs per day. I worked for a contractor, not the Government, and the 1st April 1916 I finished working and stayed in camp.

Up to July 1915 I had no soap, neither a bath, but just washed under a tap of running water. I had no clothes given to me by the Germans until September 1915, then the first issue was one pair of trousers, one shirt, one drawers, and in November 1915 I received an overcoat. Clothes were continually asked for but always refused. I had two blankets and a mattress, the blankets were never changed.

I received no tobacco for over six months. Up to October 1915 we had no outdoor games. We had no religious services. I was in camp nine months before I received a parcel from England, and letters afterwards.

The officer in charge stabbed all tins of food. When the parcels were opened one parcel contained a bottle of lime-juice. The German officer said it was whiskey and kept the parcel, and in exchange for the parcel I received 20 pfennigs.

Several times I saw Russian prisoners tied up with ropes to railings. I do not know what for, for two hours at the time. Their hands were tied behind them to the railings, and their legs also. I also saw some English prisoners tied-up, but do not know what for.

I remember the American Ambassador visited our camp twice, the first time the beginning of 1915. The labour contractor was present, he made us all go to work. The Ambassador advised us all to work and that he would see the men again. The second visit, I do not remember the date, but the Ambassador saw and spoke to many prisoners and some improvements were made.

In 6th April 1916 the Chairman of the Government Committee on the Treatment by the Enemy of British Prisoners of War, Mr Justice Younger, submitted his report to the British Government about the conditions at Wittenberg camp during the Typhis epidemic the previous year. The final paragraph was that which set things in motion for the awarding of Robert Molloy’s MSM.

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An extract from the final page of the ‘Horrors of Wittenburg: The Official Report to the British Government’.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/52839014/The-Horrors-of-Wittenberg-Official-Report-to-the-British-Government

…These officers concur in praising the splendid bearing of the orderlies. They each of them volunteered for the work; they tended prisoners of all nationalities. They all of them, with full understanding, for they were all warned, risked their lives without a thought, and many of them died at their post.

The Committee hope to be able in due course to supply His Majesty’s Government with a full list of these heroic souls.

The Committee feel that every one of these officers and men as truly offered his life for the sake of others as any soldier on the battlefield, and they venture to hope that the devoted service of such of them as survive will be duly remembered at the proper time.

ROBERT
YOUNGER,
Chairman.

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On 19 Mar 1918 having been released, LCpl Robert Molloy arrived in Holland and was repatriated to the UK.

On 23rd April 1919, the list of those involved was drawn up and sent back to the committee. http://www.rhf.org.uk/Books/Wittenberg.pdf

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To: The President, Central Military Hospital
Government Committee on the Treatment by
the Enemy of British Prisoners of War 23rd April 1919
Sir,
As requested I have the honour to submit the following names of NCO’s, men and civilians for recognition for work done during the Typhus epidemic at Wittenberg Camp, Saxon,
Germany.

All these men worked in the Wards during the Typhus epidemic and were volunteers for this dangerous duty. Those above the line I would specially bring to your notice for the excellence and devotion of their work.
DIED OF TYPHUS
No. 5924 Cpl. LONG. Edward L.N.L.
8249 L/c ALMOND. Percy L.N.L.
10368 L/c McDONALD. Arthur 18/R. Irish
3104 Pte WRIGHT. Phillip L.N.L.
3705 Pte GORMLEY. John L.N.L.
9471 Pte JACKSON. William Middlesex
—— Pte RAMSAY. George Camerons
6927 Pte RENNELLS. William S. Lancs.
10786 Pte WARD. Joseph L.N.L.

15289 Sgt RODMAN. Harry R.A.M.C.
2880 Cpl SPENCE. Allan 2/Scots. Gds
10871 Cpl. AUSTIN. Henry L.N.L.
9105 Cpl TAYLOR. Taylor 18/R.Irish
16224 Pte CONSTABLE. George R.A.M.C.
7372 Pte COURTMAN. John Scots. Gds
8858 Bdr HARRISON. Frederick Northumberland Fusiliers;
R.W. LOVIBOND, Esq West Jesmond House, Newcastle-on-Tyne

No. 1466 Cpl TOON. Elijah Leicestershire Yeo.
1285 Cpl WORTHINGTON Ernest L.N.L.
14765 L/c BRAND William R.M.L.I.
10393 L/c DOLPHIN Joseph R.W.F.
11026 L/c MOLLOY Robert L.N.L.
** 10420 L/c MESSAM George H.L.I.
** 11917 L/c TEW Ernest H.L.I.
2026 L/c WALSH Egbert L.N.L.
9156 Pte ASTON A Queens. R.W.K.
10204 Pte BRAMLEY James R. Fusrs
2133 Rfm BYNG Noel C Queens Westminsters
9045 Pte DAVIS Henry K.O.Y.L.I.
2178 Pte FELSTED Henry E R.A.M.C.
1401 Rfm GOUDE Herbert Queens Westminsters
7648 Pte GARRATT William Cheshires
1642 Pte GERRARD George L.N.L.
**11617 Pte GRAHAM David H.L.I.
6579 Pte MILLER John R.S.F.
**11656 Pte McLEOD Norman H.L.I.
4081 Pte MATHERS Robert L.N.L.
**11688 Pte McKENZIE John H.L.I.
6389 Pte PERKINS Bertie Camerons
6648 Pte POINTON William Cheshires
6090 Pte PEARS George 2/Warwicks
67734 Dvr ROBERTS George R.F.A.
9321 Rfm ROSE William K.R.R.
6031 Pte SHEPHERD Joseph Cheshires
10560 Pte SHAMBROOK Thomas L.N.L.
6712 Pte WELLS George Cheshires
9857 Pte WILLIAMS George Leinsters
William SHILSON Esq 16, Finnis Hill, Dover Kent

Further I would specially mention **No. 5170 Sgt MILLER Thomas Highland
light Infantry. He was of the greatest possible use to me as regards discipline and further he distributed parcels and clothing and I placed him in charge of this when I left the Camp. I consider his conduct worthy of the highest praise.

I would also mention No. 6924 Sgt NAYLOR George, Dragoon Guards. He
was of the greatest help to me in maintaining discipline under most difficult circumstances.

R.W.Lovibond. Esq of West Jesmond House, Newcastle-on-Tyne. I have already sent you a special report on this gentleman. I consider his work beyond the words of praise,

I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,

Major (Priestley). R.A.M.C.
M.O. I/C Medical Division
Central Military Hospital
Fort Pitt, Chatham

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Part Four – Back in the UK

molloy
Two months later, on 19 Jul 1918, whilst at Towneley Hall, Burnley. Robert was severely reprimanded by Lt. Col. Samuel Herbert Enderby of the Northumberland Fusiliers (himself a former POW) for breaking out of barracks before 1pm, having returned drunk at 12.20pm. This act was witnessed by Sgt. Thompson.

Another two months passed then Robert was in trouble again. On 08 Sep 1918 a second act of drunkenness in Grays dining room of Towneley Hall saw Lt. Col. Enderby deprive Robert Molloy of his stripe, thus reverting the rank of Private for misconduct on 11 Sep 1918.

On the 2nd of November 1918, Private Robert Molloy was discharged under Para 392 (XVI) K.R, as being no longer fit for war service. He was issued with the Silver War Badge (number B33919) and his Chelsea number was M.C.F 2768. Upon discharge the medical report noted that his wounds had healed, but Robert complained of failing sight. It stated that patient is a miner and (has) returned to work, but complains that dust gets into his eyes and causes irritation; he also has dizziness on bending.

Robert was awarded a weekly disability pension of 13/9 for 52 weeks to begin from 03 November 1918. A year later, on the 05 Nov 1919 a further 9 weeks pension of 20/- was awarded. This was to expire on 06 Jan 1920.

In the Supplement to the London Gazette dated 30th January 1920 it was announced that 11026. Pte. R. Molloy along with five others of the Regiment would be awarded the Meritorious Service Medal under Army Order 193 of 1919.

His majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Meritorious Service Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men, in recognition to devotion to duty and valuable services rendered whilst prisoners of war or interned, which services have been brought to notice in accordance with the terms of Army Order 193 of 1919, to be dated 5th May 1919:-

LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT.
10871 Pte. Austin, H., 1st Bn (Islington).
1642 Pte. Gerrard G.C., 1st Bn (Preston).
3/1242 L./C. Isherwood, M., 1st Bn (Preston).
4081 Pte. Mather, R., 1st Bn (Preston). – (Prev 3rd Bn / Missing 21 Dec 1914)
11026 Pte. Molloy,R., 1st Bn (Darwen). – (Prev 3rd Bn / Missing 22 Dec 1914)
10560 Pte. Shambrook, T.A.E., 1st Bn (Peckham).

Note: All of these nominations (except L/C Isherwood??) were submitted by Major Priestley RAMC for recognition for the valuable and dangerous work done on the wards during the Typhus outbreak at Wittenberg 1914-15.

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8 Responses to 11026. PTE. R. MOLLOY. 1/L.N.LAN.R

  1. […] Prisoner of War and held at Wittenberg internment camp in Germany until 25 December 1918. (also see Pte Robert Molloy MSM who joined the 1st Battalion in France on the same day with this wave of re-enforcements, was […]

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  3. Mick Gregson says:

    4081 Pte Robert Mather 1st LNLANR

    Hi Paul, I have been researching my family history for some time and have particular interest in my Grand parents military history. I have recently been checking my Great grand parents. One was in the 7th LNLR (Robert Gregson), one 7th LNLR (Arthur Geldeard)and one 1st Bn LNLR, Robert Mather. Have some conflicting records off Ancestry web site, but believe him to be 4081 Pte Robert Mather. Originally from Bolton but moved to Preston. He appears in your article above about being a POW and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service in Wittenberg during a typhus outbreak. I’m trying to establish if he indeed is my Great grandfather? Can you help with any information please?
    Thanks…Mick

    • Mick, I’ve just sent you an email. Thanks, Paul

    • Louise mather says:

      Hullo, I believe that private Robert Mather was the brother of private Samuel Mather. I am struggling to find information about samuelwho died in 1919. This was just a year or two after being sent back from France. He was 29 when he died of mustard gas poisoning. I am keen to get any information at all regarding my grandfather and his family.

  4. Emma says:

    Grand daughter of H. G. Gilliland and am in process of writing his biography. Would love to be in contact.

    • Mike Gregson says:

      Hi Emma,

      Is your Grandfather 2nd Lieutenant Gilliland (B Coy Dec 1914)? Can you send details of his biography once complete?

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