Enlisted September 1914, Private, Norfolk Regiment.
When war was declared Robert volunteered straight away and enlisted at Norwich. He was listed in the Thetford & Watton Times as being one of the many men from Brandon to join ‘Kitchener’s Army’. In November 1915 his uncle and aunt received a letter from Robert. In it he stated that he had received a head wound which was serious enough for him to have been brought back to England, specifically the Military Hospital in Stockport. In a subsequent letter he wrote,
“It is nice to be in England and a treat to get away from those guns. I have seen a lot of our Brandon boys killed. They were in the same charge with me. It was awful to see them shot down beside me; it made my blood run cold to see them. We took three of the German trenches.”