ROBLEY, CLAUDE CROSSLEY. Wireless Operator. Mercantile Marine.

Died 19/02/1918, aged 18. Tower Hill Memorial

Unit. S.S. "Commonwealth" (Cardiff).

Additional Information. Son of James Crossley Robley and Caroline (Cooper) Robley of 2, Rosebery Crescent, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Born in 1900 at 47 Victoria Terrace, Whitley.

ROBLEY, GEORGE. Private. Royal Scots.(270709)

Died 23/07/1918, aged 18. Buzancy Military cemetery.

Additional Information: Born in Sunderland, June Q of 1899. Son of John and Agnes M. Robley of 12, Gordon Terrace, Southwick. (from 1901 census).Theatre of war: France & Flanders.

Additional Note: Formerly TR/6/9239. T.R. BATTN., 6020 H.L.I.

ROBLEY, JOSEPH. Private. Border Regiment. (17381)

Died 26/11/1918, aged 24. Cockermouth Cemetery.

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ROBLEY, JOHN BOWMAN. Private. Border Regiment. (13233)

Died of his wounds 07/11/1916, aged 20. Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension.

Additional Information: Born 1896 in Carlisle. Son of Thomas W. and Margaret E. Robley of 5, Jordans Court, Carlisle. (from 1901 census). Theatre of war: France & Flanders

ROBLEY, JOHN (JACK) PITCAIRN ROBLEY. Sub-lieutenant. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Killed in action 05/06/1915. Burial: Skew Bridge Cemetery, Helles.

Service History.Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNVR 18/10/14. Nelson Battalion 25/01/1915- 05/06/1915. Discharged dead.

Additional Information. Born 3rd. December 1895, the youngest son of William Pitcairn Robley of Yewbank, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire. Reported killed early morning 5th June when Company entrenching under heavy fire. "Sub-Lieutenant Robley was firing from a trench at the flashes of Turkish rifles. He stood upright to allow some troops to pass him in the trench and was shot through the head by a sniper". Buried with two other Nelson Officers.

THe Scotsman, June 12th 1915


It is announced that Lieutenant John Pitcairn Robley, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Lieutenant Robley was the younger son of Mr W. P. Robley, Yewbank, Helensburgh and a nephew of Mr Bonar Law, Secretary of State for the Colonies. He was educated at Larchfield and Loretto, afterwards entering the office of Messrs William Jacks & Co., Glasgow. In October last he joined His Majesty's forces, and was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Nelson Battalion. The elder brother of Lieutenant Robley holds a commission as an officer in one of the leading warships in the Navy.

ROBLEY, ROBERT NEVISON. Rifleman. Rifle Brigate. (S/10270)

Died 20/01/1916, aged 25. Menin Road South Military cemetery.

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ROBLEY, THOMAS. Private. Border Regiment. (15432)

Died 01/07/1916.

Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood.

Photograph contributed by Thomas Fergus Robley
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ROBLEY, WILLIAM NEVISON. Private. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. (4089)

Died 26/09/1917, aged 30. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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STEELE, THOMAS ROBLEY. Serjeant. Highland Light Infantry. (20347) Formerly Border Regiment (13555).

Killed in action in Mesopotamia 25/10/1918, aged 27. Basra Memorial.

Additional Information. His father, Anthony Steele was a yeoman farmer, and his mother was Sarah Walker. They had 9 children, 5 daughters and 4 sons.. Both parents and all the children had been born in St. Bees, Cumberland. Their home was at The Gill, West View, St. Bees. Thomas Robley Steele was the grandson of Thomas Steele (1820-1895) and Sarah Robley (1822-1895) also of St. Bees.

LAW, JAMES KIDSTON. Captain. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).

Killed in action 21/09/1917.

Additional information: James Kidston Law died after his plane was shot down in combat in France. He was the eldest son of Andrew Bonar Law and Annie Pitcairn Robley. Andrew Bonar Law later occupied Downing Street for 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding Loyd George. He resigned because of ill health, and died on 30th October 1923 of throat cancer. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

The Scotsman, Sept. 27th, 1917.


Reuter's Agency says Mr Bonar Law's second son, Charles John Law, was reported wounded and missing at Gaza on the 19th April. A report appeared in a German newspaper that he was a prisoner with the Turks, but this report has not been confirmed, and no trace of him has since been found.

Now his eldest son, James K. Law. who was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, and was wounded in July 1916, did not return from a flight over German lines on the 21st September, and is officially reported as missing.

LAW, CHARLES JOHN. Lieutenant. King's Own Scottish Borderers.

Killed in action 19/04/1917.

Additional Information: Charles John Bonar Law was the second son Of Andrew Bonar Law and Annie Pitcairn Robley.

THe Scotsman, June 8th 1917


Lieutenant Charles John Law, King's Own Scottish Borders, who was previously reported wounded and missing, is now believed to have died of wounds on 19th April. Lieutenant Law was twenty years of age, and was second son of the Right Hon. A. Bonar Law, M.P., Chancellor of the Exchequer.

It will be recalled that Lieutenant Bonar Law was reported to have been taken prisoner by the Turks in the recent fighting near Gaza, and to be alive in their hands. But this report has since been contradicted from Constantinople, and it is now feared that the worst has befallen the gallant officer.

From The Times

"Those who were privileged with the friendship of Charles Law have suffered by his death a loss which to them will not, and to his family cannot, be repaired. He was the embodiment of all that is best in Public School life. He played all games with enthusiasm and he loved the open air. He was modest, affectionate, and full of the joy of life. He was intensely popular with his brother officers, and as I know from letters which have been received, he was loved by the men he led. His death marks the breaking of yet another lamp which, having shone so brightly over the home, was surely destined to shed its radiance far afield."

Morris, David Gordon. Pilot Officer. Royal Canadian Air Force.

Additional Information: Son of John William and Mary Thurston (Robley) Morris, of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Service Number: J/15342

Division: 405 Sqdn.

Cemetery: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL; Surrey, United Kingdom Grave Reference: Panel 101.

Died on June 9, 1942 in air combat. His body was never found.