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Robert Dobson (1895-1917)

Shildon man served with 18th DLI commemorated on Arras Memorial

On joining the army, Robert Dobson was given the rank of private and the service number 30299. He was initially posted to 21st Battalion Durham Light Infantry (DLI). Later he was transferred to 18th DLI. According to his army service record, he first set foot in France on 21 July 1916. He was “regarded for official purposes as having died on or since 18 May 1917”.

Civil Parish: East Thickley

Birth date: 13-Jun-1895

Death date: 18-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 6 Salisbury Terrace, Shildon
15 Eden Terrace, New Shildon (1915, army service record)

Employment: Miner, labourer (1915, army service record)

Family: Parents: Anthony Dobson, Jane Ann Dobson
Siblings: Thomas WA Dobson, Ernest Dobson, Anthony Dobson, Evelyn Dobson, Stanley Dobson (1911 census)

Military service:

Attested: 9 December 1915 at Shildon
21st Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Transferred to 18 DLI

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, France
Saint John’s Churchyard, Shildon, statue

Gender: Male

Contributed by swejk, darlington