Born in Woodford during 1883, Robert was the son of William John (Solicitor’s Managing Clerk) and Jane Argent. 1911: With his wife Violet Winifred Argent, who he married in the first quarter of that year, at “Newhaven” 13 Ashtead Road, Upper Clapton. They had one son. In his Will, Robert is shown as living at 25 Grove Road, Wanstead. An Old Bancroftian, he had previously lived in Hillcrest Road, South Woodford.
He joined the Army at Epping, and was initially with the Norfolk Regiment. He served in France for 9 months, and had been granted home leave in March 1918. He died in a Casualty Clearing Station at Doullens from wounds sustained in reversing the German advances on the Somme which they had gained during their Spring Offensive.
His father William was a founding member of the Essex Field Club.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian