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Robert Gilbertson was born in Rochdale, Lancashire. He served in the 9th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, sailing for France on 25th September 1915 and landing in Boulogne the following day.

In 1915 Robert was already a Sergeant, suggesting he probably had previous military service. Robert was later made Acting Company Sergeant Major.

Robert was awarded the Military Medal (MM), it was gazetted on 10th August 1916 which suggests it was for his bravery displayed during the German attack on Vimy Ridge in May 1916. (Authors note: I feel the gazette date is too early to be an award for the Somme).


Robert was later awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry; the award of which was gazetted 22 October 1917, and the citation on 26 January 1918 (see below).

Unfortunately no further service papers exist.

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One Response to 14542 ACSM. R. GILBERTSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. admin says:

    Note from grandson, John.

    He went on to be called up for the ‘Emergency’ in 1921 but with the Lanc
    Fusiliers, and then as a Camp Guard at Onchan Head Isle of Man during the
    first part of the second.

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