Robert Beveridge

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: Clyde Z/7289
  • Rank: Able Seaman
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Unit/Ship: Howe Battalion, R.N. Div
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 28
  • Date of Death: 23.03.1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Arras Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Bay 1

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 20 Hill Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: George Morton Ltd, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Mrs Beveridge, 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee

  • Father:

    Mr Beveridge, 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    2 Brothers

  • Spouse:

    Helen McLiesh Cameron or Beveridge, 49 Milnbank Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

    Robert, born 17.04.1913 & Christina, born 03.10.1915

More about Robert Beveridge

Robert has no known grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Robert Beveridge   CZ/7289   Royal Naval Division

Officer Commanding 1st RM Bn. reports KIA 23/3/18; 28 Days Field Punishment No.1 30/5/17 Taking Rum from Company Dump & Drunkenness ; A Bonded Warehouseman ; b.29/9/1889 ; Wife, Helen, 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee, later of: 20 Hill St., Dundee.

A.B. Robert Beveridge, R.N.D., was the youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs Beveridge, 51 Yeaman Shore, and leaves a widow and two young children who reside at 20 Hill Street.  Deceased enlisted two-and-a-half years ago, prior to which he was employed with George Morton, Ltd.  Two brothers are serving with the colours in France.

Dundee Courier 24th April 1918

Robert Beveridge was the son of Mr and Mrs Beveridge who lived at 51 Yeaman Shore, Dundee. He was married to Helen McLeish Cameron or Beveridge of 49 Milnebank, Dundee and worked as a Bonded Warehouseman. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve onboard HMS Unicorn for service in the Royal Naval Division in November 1915. After initial Naval Training at the Crystal Palace in South London he was sent to Blandford Camp in Dorset for advanced military training. In September 1916 he joined the Howe Battalion in France. He survived the last assault of the battle of the Somme in November 1916. Again he came through the fighting at Gavrelle in April 1917 but was shot in the right leg on 14 August 1917 during a spell in the front line. The Battalion War Diary has an entry stating that during the night of 13/14 August three men were killed and seven wounded. Treated first in France he was evacuated to Manchester and, later, Grantully House to recuperate. His wife moved to Pitlochry to be near him. In October he reported to Blandford Camp in Dorset and rejoined the Howe Battalion in November 1917. In February 1918 the Howe Battalion was disbanded and Robert Beveridge was transferred to the First Royal Marine Light Infantry on the 10 February. On 23 February he was drafted to 188 Brigade Headquarters but was killed in action on 23 March when the Germans launched a massive attack on the British lines. His body was not recovered and Robert Beveridge is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Northern France and on the Lodge 49 Memorial in Dundee.

Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

Further information provided by Iain Stewart and Iain Birnie

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