Corporal Robert Gordon Kind 1889 – 1917 – Chester

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Robert in Chester Pageant Costume

Born in Birkenhead, the only child of accountant Thomas Kind and his wife Marian, Robert lived with his parents at 15 The Groves, Chester.  A bright student, after graduation he worked as an analytical chemist with Walker, Parker & Co at the Leadworks, he was a member of St Paul’s Church and performed in the 1910 Chester Pageant.  Robert had joined the Cheshire Territorial Army in 1911, but when war came he was transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) as a dispenser for a Field Ambulance division.

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Robert with his Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert and his parents at The Groves

On 3 May 1917 Robert died of gas poisoning during an attack in the Battle of the Scarpe.  His personal belongings were sent home to his grieving mother – these included his knife, fork and spoon, handkerchiefs, watch, pen and bible – even his toothbrush.  Most poignant was the inclusion of his family photographs and his letters from home, which he had kept.  Robert was buried at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, at Arras.  His mother died only three years later.

Although the main purpose of the RAMC was to provide medical services and not to fight in the front line, some 7,000 of their men were killed during the Great War.

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