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1885 - 1916


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1883 - 1918
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Sergeant Robert Bain


  • Age: 31
  • From: Aberdeen
  • Regiment: 6th Kings
  • Died on Sunday 1st September 1918
  • Commemorated at: H.a.c. Cemetery, Ecoust-st. Mein
    Panel Ref: V.D.1
Robert Bain born in August 1887 in Old Deer, Aberdeen. He was named after his brother who died aged 14 in May 1882 .His father, Robert Bain, was born in Forres Moray and was a Farm Labourer. As a widower he married New Deer born Isabella Florence Fraser on 30 August 1884. They went on to have 3 sons and 3 daughters. Sadly, their first born William Fraser Bain died aged 10 in 1895. Robert was the 3rd child of their 6 children. He was baptised on 7 September 1887 in Old Deer Church. His father had 4 sons and 3 daughters from  his first marriage to Helen Bisset who he married on 14 Dec 1867 in Rathen but she died in 1882 as did their son Robert aged 14. 
 
The 1891 Census shows Robert living with his parents and eleven remaining siblings at Old Deer, Aberdeen. 
 
In 1895 his eldest brother William Fraser Bain died aged 10.
 
In 1905 Robert and family sail to Boston Massachusetts USA  to live.
 
On 04th November 1908 Robert marries Waringstown, Belfast, born Jemima Ferguson in Boston. In August 1909 they have a son also named Robert but he dies aged 3 Months 10 days on 23 November 1909. Just two days before on 21 November 1909 his father Robert died aged 64  in Fraserburgh Aberdeen and is buried in Stuartfield Cemetery with his first wife and  two of his children. 
 
On 10th November 1910 Jemima and Robert have a daughter, Jane Isabella, born in Boston. on 03rd September 1913 they have a son William Alexander also born in Boston. 
 
In August 1915 they return to the UK Jemima is 7 months pregnant, calling in on Jemima 's parents in Belfast where on 18 October 1915 she gives birth to their daughter Jemima Florence Bain.
 
Robert enlists but it is not known where. He is Private 29156 in the 20th (Pals)  Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment and is soon promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the 6th King's and sent to France.
 
In 1917 his half brother Charles Styles Bain is conscripted into the U.S. Army in Boston and sent to France.

Details of the action in which Robert was killed are shown below:
 
"On 1st September 1918 the 171st Brigade received orders to attack and capture Reincort with the 52nd Division attacking on the South.
This attack was made by 2/6th King's leap frogging through the 8th King's and 2/7th King's on their left and was completely successful, all objectives being gained.
The Operations were made the subject of a Special Congratulatory message from the Divisional Commander and the Commanding Officers of all 3 Battalions pay special tribute to the spirit of determination shown by the men and the skill of the subordinate Commanders.
The Casualties were by the 2/6th = One Officer killed, 3 Officers wounded and 114 other Ranks Casualties 
Amongst the captures made by the 3 Battalions were 650 Prisoners, 100 Machine Guns and One Field Gun""
 
Robert, aged 31 was one of the 114 Casualties 

He is now rests at  H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust - St- Mein, France.
 
His Soldiers Pay of £11:15s:6d is se t to his widow Jemima on 7/11/1918 (equivalent to £350 today). A war gratuity of £18 (equivalent to £550 today ) is also sent to her on 5/12/1919 to 34 Sandymount Street, Belfast  which was presumably her parents address.
 
A pension payment is awarded to all three Children till their 16th Birthday.
 
On 07th August 1920 she leaves Liverpool, the War Office pay for her and the children's repatriation to Quebec, Canada to live with her friend. Jemima died in 1929 in a Toronto Hospital. 
 
All of  Robert' and Jemima's children lived in Canada and married there.

Grateful thanks are extended to "TICKETYBOO" for the assistance with the Research in this biography.