Robert Thom


About Robert

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
    Tyne Cot Memorial Flanders, Peterhead War Memorial
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    26 October 1917
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Gordon Highlanders


Robert Thom passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 29 October 1916, he wrote “Called and enjoyed a nice rest and a cup of tea which I appreciated very much with many thanks”.  At the time he was serving with the 2/5 Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.  The battalion was formed at Peterhead in October 1914, although we cannot confirm when Robert joined.  It is possible that his journey through Peterborough in October 1916, was related to his unit being based in Norwich at the time.

His service record has not survived but we have discovered that he was killed in action on 26 October 1917 and was laid to rest at Tyne Cot War Memorial.  He is also commemorated on the Peterhead War Memorial, suggesting he was from that area.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

His personal effects record identified a widow, Mary, but we know no more than this.

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