- 1895 - 1919
This fond contains documents about Private Percy Leonard Robertson and his involvement in the First World War. It contains a death certificate, newspaper clippings, telegrams, memorial scroll, death certificate and other documents.
Pte. Robertson was the son of Thomas & Lizzie Robertson of Hampton. He enlisted January 15, 1918 with the 13th Battalion, 1st Division. He was later assigned to the 26th Battalion and finally to the 44th Battalion.
In just nine short months, Percy served in the 2nd Battle of the Somme, 3rd Battle of Aisne, Battle of Le Hamel, 2nd Battle of the Marne, Battle of Amiens, and the 2nd Battle of Arras. Pte. Robertson was killed on September 2nd, 1918 at Dury in front of Arras, Northern France. Initially he was reported Missing in Action and his family received 3 brief telegrams with that status between September 21st and October 5th, 1918. On October 16th, a fourth and final telegram arrived with the message: “deeply regret to inform you Pte. P.L. Robertson infantry previously reported missing now officially reported Killed in Action September 2nd.” Further correspondence, including previously reported letter below, show that one year later, the family still did not know where their son & brother was buried. They eventually learned he was buried at the Dury Crucifix Cemetery, south-east of Arras.