ROBERT CHARLES ROBSON

Private, 28038, 15th/48th Royal Highlanders of Canada
Died in hospital at Aubigny, France, 15 May 1918, aged 29
Buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, near the village of Aubigny-en-Artois, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Record IV.K.10
 

The regimental badge of the 48th Highlanders of Canada

The son of Joseph and Marian Robson, Robert Charles Robson was born at Wych Cross in 1889. The family were living in East Grinstead by the time of the 1891 census with Robert employed at Wych Cross Post Office. In 1901 the family were living at 1 Alpha Cottages, Golf Road, now Chapel Lane.

It would seem that Robert later emigrated to Canada. There was encouragement from both the British and Canadian governments for qualified men, labouring men and potential wives to emigrate. The Dominion of Canada, self-governing since 1867, was seen as a land of opportunity with markets for its products such as grain and furs back in industrialised Britain and elsewhere.

At the outbreak of war many men born in Britain as well as thousands of Canadians joined up to fight for the "mother country" and Empire. Many Canadians were of Scottish descent, the 15th/48th Highlanders had and still has links with Scots regiments as do many others. The cap badge has the Gaelic motto "Dileas Cubrath", "forever faithful". During the war the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was authorised to embark on 1 September 1914, embarking on 26 September, and arriving in France on 15 February 1915. The battalion fought as part of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division throughout the war.

There is a memorial to the fallen in Queen's Park, Toronto, the regiment's home town.

The regimental memorial of the 48th Highlanders of Canada in Queen's Park, Toronto

The entry in the Forest Row memorial book was signed by his father, Joseph, still living at Alpha Cottages.

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