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Robert J Heggison


Larbert

S/7019 Private

1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 29.7.15

Buried: Chester Farm Cemetery I.E.1

Family history: Son of Richard & Jane Heggison, 1 Burnhead Road, Larbert. Born at Torwood. He had a brother Thomas, age 17 and a sister Margaret, age 18 and both lived at Burnhead Road. Before enlisting in the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen on 10 November 1914, he was employed as a Warehouseman. He sailed from Southampton on 5 March 1915 joining the 1st Battalion on 11 March.

The action leading to his death

On the 27 July the War Diary reported that it was a quiet day and that new portions of trenches had been taken over south of the canal by ‘A’ Company who had good opportunities for sniping. It is also recorded that 2nd Lieutenant F G Stranack was shot through the head by a German sniper.

On the 28 July the War Diary reports that the funeral of 2nd Lieutenant Stranack took place at 7.30pm at Chester Farm Cemetery (he is buried in I.F.1). A mine was exploded to the Battalions right but nothing came of it. The War Diary noted ‘..presumably German..’


On the 29 July the Battalions trenches at the Bluff were heavily shelled by German artillery however, the German guns were silenced by the Belgian artillery who were supporting the Battalion.


(Battalion War Diary sketch of their positions at the Bluff)

(Linesman map showing trench lines at the Bluff)


Medals Awarded

1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal



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