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  • 6480 Private Robert Black died at sea and was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos. Photo courtesy of John Morse
Person Details
Basford Nottingham
Robert was born in 1884 in Basford , he married his wife of Ethel Black (née Harrison) in 1907, their marriage is recorded in the Nottingham Registration District, they lived at 19, Oliver St. Nottingham. They had two children , Nellie born 8th July 1908 and Henrietta born 7th January 1911 both of whom were born in Hyson Green, Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 3 Scott's Yard, Chelsea Street, Basford, Nottingham and are shown as Robert 27 yrs head of the family general labourer, he is living with his wife Ethel a hosiery seamstress and their 2 daughters Nellie 2 yrs and Henrietta 3 months Following Robert's death a letter dated 18th April 1916 was sent from the War Office to his widow Ethel dated 18th April 1916 informing her that she would be receiving a pension of 10 shillings and 6 pence in relation to her and her two children effective from 24th April 1916.
16 Oct 1915
31
625964 - CWGC Website
6480
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Robert has been a professional soldier prior to the Great War , he had served with the 3rd battalion Grenadier Guards but was discharged on 11th November 1913 , having time expired in his service. On 31st August 1914 he re enlisted at Nottingham , he gave his age as 32 yrs and 178 days. He joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on 17th December 1914 and and was wounded in action at Neuve Chapelle, receiving a gun shot wound to his left hand on 13th March 1915. He was returned to England for treatment on 18th March and treated at Lichfield Hospital from 20th March 1915 until 23rd April 1915. Following his recovery he went out to reinforce the 9th battalion Sherwood Foresters in Gallipoli on 28th August 1915. After a short while on Gallipoli he collapsed with exhaustion and while being treated on board the Hospital Ship 'Glenart Castle' travelling from Gallipoli to Murdos on Lemos he died at sea of Syncope . The following day he was transferred to shore for burial and was buried in East Mudros military cemetery.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 25 October 1915: 'Black. Died of syncope October 16th on HM Hospital Ship Glenart Castle, Private R Black, 9th Bn Sherwood Foresters. 9 Carver's (?) Street, Hyson Green, aged 31.' Personal dedication on CWGC headstone: 'Sleep on dear one and take thy rest, they miss you most who loved you best.'
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  • 6480 Private Robert Black died at sea and was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos. Photo courtesy of John Morse
    Robert Black grave - 6480 Private Robert Black died at sea and was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos. Photo courtesy of John Morse
  • Photo published 16th November 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
    Robert Black - Photo published 16th November 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.