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About Robert William Oliver

Date of Birth
Q2 1888

Service Number
M/303128

Birth Place
Newcastle u Tyne, Nothumberland, England

Date of Death
20 June, 1918 29y Died from burns

Place of Death
Egypt

Burial
Jerusalem War Cemetery,

Relationships

Parents
William born abt 1865 and Elizabeth Jane (Potts) Oliver born abt 1863 Married 21 October, 1886 Newcastle u Tyne, Northumberland, England

Siblings
George Brown born abt 1887, John Ayres born Q3 1889, Charles Victor born Q2 1894

Career

Service
Army

Unit
905th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps Enlisted February, 1916

Rank
Private

Enlisted Address
Elswick, Newcastle u Tyne, Northumberalnd, England

Medals
British War Medal and Victory Medal

Silver Badge
No

Service Record
No

Civilian Employment
1901 Telegraph messenger 1911 Chauffeur (domestic)

Campaigns
1916 -1918 Egypt and Palestine

Additional Information

Census Information
1891 74 Philip Street, Westgate, Newcastle u Tyne, Northumberland, England 1901 Villette Mount, Sunderland, England 1911 8 Kingsley Terrace, Elswick, Newcastle u Tyne, Northumberland, England (boarder)

Sources
Staindrop Roll of Honour, Ancestry, Find My Past, Family Search. Forces War Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Notes
Teesdale Mercury 24 July 1918 reported the news of his death:" Mr and Mrs Oliver of Garden House, Staindrop, have received the sad news from Egypt that their second son, Robert William, died of burns on June 20th. He volunteered for active service from Armstrong's works, Newcastle, and sailed for the East on the ill-fated 'Transylvania', which was torpedoed, after a desperate swim for life he was picked up by a Japanese warship. He has been over a year on the Palestine front."

- Research by DB