Lieutenant Robert Stevenson Horne

Biography of Lieutenant Robert Stevenson Horne

Robert Stevenson Horne was born on the 24th November 1893 in Twechar, near Kilsyth, in Central Scotland. He was the son of Thomas L and Janet R Horne. His father was a Colliery Manager with Baird and Co., the major employer in Twechar. When his father retired, his manager’s house had to be given up, and they moved to Lesmahgow.

Robert was educated at Twechar Public School, and then at the High School of Glasgow from 1907 to 1912. He was a member of the school's OTC and of the Rugby First XV.

In 1913, he enrolled at the University to study Medicine, however by the end of his first year war had broken out, and Robert joined the 6th Camerons as a private. He was sent to France in July 1915, taking part in the Battle of Loos and several other battles between 1915 and 1916. After a year of active service, he was sent to the Cadet Camp in Gailes, where he gained the commission of Lieutenant.

Now a Lieutenant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Robert was sent to Nairobi in October 1917, and attached to the King's African Rifles. Robert remained in Africa for the remainder of his military career - he was involved in the campaign against the German colony of German East Africa, now Tanzania, and the German commander’s guerrilla tactics kept over one hundred thousand British troops occupied until Armistice in November 1918. Nearly a quarter of the casualties in the King's African Rifles were officers.

Robert was mortally wounded while trying to destroy an old German bomb store at Mwanza, and died on 29th July 1918. He is buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, in Tanzania.

He is remembered on the High School of Glasgow War Memorial and on the University of Glasgow's Roll of Honour.

Summary

Lieutenant Robert Stevenson Horne
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders - Kings African Rifles
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1054
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

High School of Glasgow Roll of Honour

University of Glasgow Registry Records

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