Robert ROGERSON MM

  • Birth                                   c 1886 in Stainton, County Durham to George and Annie
  • 1911 Occupation               Not on 1911 census
  • Domicile                             Boarder from Stainton
  • Age in 1911                        25
  • Unit                                    22nd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment)
  • Service Number               G / 1556 Enlisted in Nottingham
  • Rank                                   Lance Sergeant
  • Date to War                       6 October 1915
  • Date of Death                     29th April 1917, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                      31
  • Battle SitRep                     Arras; Oppy Wood
  • Commemorated                Bay 3, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
  • Awards                               Military Medal

Robert’s birth was registered in quarter four 1887 in the Registration District of Teesdale, Co Durham/N Riding of Yorkshire.

In 1891, Robert aged 3 was living in his birthplace Stainton Village, Barnard Castle, Durham with his family. Who were, father George aged 42 Joiner & Cartwright born Barnard Castle, mother Annie aged 40 born Barnard Castle, brother George T aged 6, sisters Celia aged 14, Margaret aged 12, Annie M aged 10, Sarah E aged 8 and Cecily aged 2 years old.

In 1901, Robert aged 13 was living in Stainton, Barnard Castle, Durham with his father George, widower aged 52 Joiner & Cartwright born Barnard Castle, sisters Eliza aged 27, Cecily aged 12, Edith aged 9 and Ethel aged 7 years old.

Robert is missing in 1911, so it’s possible he had joined the army.

At some time he joined the 22nd battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment).
Royal Fusiliers

22nd (Service) Battalion (Kensington) Royal Fusiliers, (London Regiment).

The 22nd battalion was formed on the 11th September 1914 at White City by the Mayor and the Borough of Kensington then moved to Horsham and then on to Clipstone Camp, Nottinghamshire to joined the 98th Brigade of the 33rd Division.
On the 1st July 1915 the battalion was taken over by the War Office and moved to Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Novembr 1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and then transferred to the 99th Brigade of the 2nd Division and were engaged in various actions on the Western front including;
During 1916
The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of the Ancre, Operations on the Ancre.
During 1917
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Arleux, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Cambrai.
26th February 1918 Disbanded in France at Metz-en-Couture.

Robert was mentioned in the London Gazette for the award of the Military Medal.
Publication date: 20th October 1916
The London Gazette, Supplement 29794, Page 10220
WAR OFFICE 21st October, 1916.
His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleases to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Non Commissioned Officers and Men:-
(List of names including)
1556 Pte. R.H. Rogerson R.Fus
Military Medal

His Date of entry into the theatre of war was the 6th October 1915.
He was killed in action on the 29th April 1917.

Robert Henry Rogerson is commemorated on Bay 3, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Arras Memorial

The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917

The ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918. Canadian and Australian servicemen killed in these operations are commemorated by memorials at Vimy and Villers-Bretonneux. A separate memorial remembers those killed in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.
Robert H Rogerson – Medal Rolls