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First World War

Robert Speirs Robertson - My Memories of the First World War
My Memories of WWI
In 1967 Robert Spiers Robertson entered a Lincolnshire essay competition with his story:
"My Memories of the First World War".
Photograph Wallet of Edmund Jones containing photos of his family
Edmund Jones' Wallet
Throughout the war Edmund carried with him
a small leather wallet containing photographs
of his wife Beatrice and their four daughters.

Robert Robertson promotion to 2nd Lieutenant; First World War
From 26th September 1917 RS Robertson was appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
This is the original document and transcript.
William Percy Shaw, buried in the St. Pol British Cemetery, St. Pol-Sur-Ternoise, France
William Percy Shaw
Served in the Army Service Corps attached to the Tank Corps. He died 21st November 1918 aged 33
and is buried in the St. Pol British Cemetery.

Missing In Action - letter to Robert Robertson's mother
Missing In Action
Following a battle (May 1918) RS Robertson went missing .... letters written on 3rd June 1918 to his mother & 10th July 1918 in response to an enquiry.
Image Gallery :: Photographs and Documents
Image Gallery
Featuring photographs used throughout the
WW1 section plus various other documents
& images from this First World War period.

Victory Dinner
Victory Dinner
A Victory Dinner was held on 3rd January 1919
at The Grand Hotel, Charing Cross, Glasgow. Interesting menu, some dishes named after places 'visited' by the battalion during overseas action.
17th Highland Light Infantry
17th Highland Light Infantry
Project Gutenberg Book of The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry - reproduced in part
and available to download in full.
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion

Stralsund-Dänholm POW Camp 1918

Robert Spiers Robertson was a Prisoner of War from late May 1918 to December 1918.

  • Offizier-Gefangenenlager - Stralsund/Dänholm
    den 28.6.1918 ---- Die
    Kassen-Kommission des
    Robert Robertson.
  • The Outlook - November 1918
    November 1918 - magazine produced "in-house" by the prisoners for the prisoners. First (& I suppose the last!) such magazine.
  • Stralsund Postcards
    Postcards presumably bought during or after confinement of RS Robertson as a POW, possibly as a souvenir to take back to Scotland.

Other Documents

  • Four letters in French
    > 27th November 1916
    > 28th December 1916
    > 19th & 20th February 1917
    Translated by Robert's great-grand-daughter, Holly.
  • Newspaper from Helsingør (Copenhagen, Denmark) dated Christmas Eve 1918
    Local newspaper, Helsingør (Copenhagen, Denmark), brought home and kept as
    a souvenir or memento.
    Plus a Christmas Card!
  • War Office letter, 1919
    Letter dated 11th June 1919 exonerating Lt.RS Robertson, Machine Gun Corps., from any blame regarding capture by the German Army.

Map showing location of Stralsund
Map showing location of Stralsund
Stralsund-Dänholm today
Stralsund-Dänholm today

Timeline 1914-1918
An idea under construction ....... a timeline of the First World War including incidents from the life & times of Robert Robertson.