Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart

Biography of Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart

Robert Dykes Grossart was born on the 22nd January 1892, in Corrie, Dumfriesshire, son of Robert Fraser Grossart, a Farmer, and his mother Wilhelmina Grossart (nee Gibson), who had married on the 29th April 1884, in Middlehouse, Carluke, Lanarkshire. When young Robert went up to University in 1912 at the age of 21 to study Engineering, his family was resident at Milton, Beattock, and he found a place to stay in Glasgow, first at 90 Buccleuch Street, and later at 14 Willow Bank Crescent.

In his first year he took classes in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. In his second year, the academic session 1913-1914, he enrolled for classes in Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Laboratory. When the First World War began he cut short his studies and enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders.

Sadly he would not be amongst those who were able to return to their studies after the war. Robert must have been transferred from the Cameronians to the 18th (2nd Glamorgan) Bn. Welsh Regiment where he served initially before being transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a Temporary Lieutenant. It was while on flying duties near his base in Beverley, Yorkshire, that Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart was killed in an accident on the 9th February 1917. He was awarded the British War medal and Victory Medal. Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart is buried at Kirkpatrick, Juxta Parish Churchyard, Dumfries. He was 25.

Summary

Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Flying Corps and General List
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in flying accident, 9 February 1917.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/701
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/88

Sources

Biography: Details of military service contributed by David Warren, Chairman, Welsh Regiment Museum.

Biography: Excellent article about Robert Dykes Grossart on the village of Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, website

University of Glasgow Registry records.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Find War Dead

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