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Name: Robert Bourne PIRRIE
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lieutenant Initials: R B Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Winlaton Sub-District, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 21
Unit: 3rd Bn Border Regiment.
Former Unit(s): Attended 1st Bn Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: Conlig, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Tuesday 10th August 1915
Place of Death: Hooge Sector, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Holy Cross Church Shrine, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: St Lukes Chapel, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. The Medical School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Rutherford College Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. Reddell painting at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium, Panel 47 and 49.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 5
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: The Times, 24th August 1915 and 10th September 1915. Blaydon Courier, pages 4 and 8, 21st August 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 4, 28th August 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 7, 18th September 1915.
Family Details:
Eldest son of Dr. Robert R and Grace Pirrie of Park House, The Coffs, Eastbourne, and of Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Grandson of the late Dr Pirrie, of Belfast, Ireland, and cousin of William James Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, KP, PC, also of Belfast, Ireland.
Notes : Robert had passed his preliminary examination in General Education. He was recognised by the General Medical Council 1st-3rd July, 1909 in English, Latin, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and French (optional). Certificate of Registration as a medical student, 15th October 1910. Educated at Durham University School of Medicine left on 3rd May 1913. A telegraph message was sent to Robert's father of Sunbeam Works, 26 Northumberland Street, Gateshead, Co Durham, informing him of Robert being killed in action. Robert had previously been wounded on 7th February 1915. Robert's father received letters of sympathy, after Robert was killed, by Major E B Suard, the Commanding Officer of the 1st Bn King's Shropshire Light Infantry, and by Captain I Ingram, the Battalion Medical Officer (published in the Blaydon Courier, 28th August 1915). When Robert's effects were sorted, his father lived at 27 Vicarage Road, Eastbourne, and is listed as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, at No 10 Camp, Sutton Veney, Wiltshire. Dr R R Pirrie accepted a commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps in May 1915. He was severely wounded in France in 1916 (reported in the Blaydon Courier, 22nd June 1918). Robert's brother, Doctor Ivan M Pirrie, was also serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps and had been in France with the British Expeditionary Force since 1914. Robert was a keen sportsman and was a member of Ryton Lawn Tennis Club. It is recorded that Robert may have been killed in action on the 9th August 1915.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Officers Died in the Great War.
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