Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

Robert Sergius Robertson

BSc

Robert Sergius Robertson was born on the 4th September 1893 at Ponce, Porto Rico, in the West Indies, the first son of Rachael and Robert Robertson. The family subsequently returned to Scotland where young Robert attended Albert Road Academy in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, followed by Allan Glen’s School.

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From 1911-1914 he was a day student of the Royal Technical College, forerunner of the University of Strathclyde, and qualified for the Associateship in Mechanical Engineering (ARTC) in the latter year. The College lacked the power to award degrees, but, under a scheme of affiliation with the University of Glasgow, Science and Engineering students who wished to obtain a degree could do so by matriculating and taking some of their classes at the University. Robert followed this familiar route, matriculating at Glasgow in session 1914-1915 and graduating BSc in Engineering in 1915. He was an excellent student, finishing top in Class IV Engineering and receiving a prize for Higher Natural Philosophy. By this time, he and his family were living at 3 Rosehall Terrace in Falkirk, where his father was a Foundry Manager. Robert passed the professional examinations for entry to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and commenced his practical engineering training with the firms of Blackadder Brothers in Falkirk and Gauldie, Gillespie & Co. in Kinning Park.

During his year at the University, Robert had joined the Officers Training Corps, through which he received a commission in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. His war began in Gallipoli where he served from the start of that campaign until the evacuation in October 1915. Transferred to France, he was severely wounded on the 8th July 1916 at Beaumont Hamel during the Somme campaign. Second Lieutenant Robert Sergius Robertson died on the 20th July 1916, aged 22, at Number 2 British Red Cross Clearing Station, Rouen. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery and is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.