William John Mechan Robb

Military Information

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  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion, attached to 6th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 30
  • Date of Death: 20.07.1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Soissons Memorial
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Personal Information

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  • Occupation: Rhondda Valley Tramway Company
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    A. W. Robb, Elmbank, Perth Rd, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    1 Brother

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More about William John Mechan Robb

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Soissons Memorial. He was a former pupil of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry and is remembered on the schools war memorial.

William J. M. Robb   Second-Lieutenant Black Watch

His many friends in Dundee and district will learn with regret that Second-Lieutenant William J. M. Robb was killed in action on 20th July.  Official notice has been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs A. W. Robb, Elmbank, Perth Road, Dundee.  For six years prior to 1914 Lieutenant Robb was a member of the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, and he volunteered for service at the outbreak of war.  He went through the Gallipoli campaign.  In March, 1917, he obtained a commission in the Black Watch, and since he left for France he had been twice previously wounded.  He was home only four weeks ago.  Lieutenant Robb was educated at the Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, and the Harris Academy, and after serving his apprenticeship in the city he went to the Rhondda Valley Tramway Company.  He was 30 Years of age.  His brother is in the R.N.A.S.

Dundee Courier 1st August 1918

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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