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Name:
Robert William Oliver
Casualty No.:
Initials:
R W
Service No.:
303128
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Newcastle- upon-Tyne
Age at Death:
29
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
905th Mechanical Transport Company of the Royal Army Service Corps
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Garden House, Staindrop
Civilian Employment:
Cause of Death:
Died of Burns
Date of Death:
20-January-1918
Place of Death:
Egypt
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
St Mary's Church, Staindrop Plaque
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Jerusalem War Cemetery
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

The Teesdale Mercury of 24th July, 1918 reported the news of his death:

 ‘M R AND MRS OLIVER, of Garden House, Staindrop, have received the sad news from Egypt that their second son, Robert William, died of burns on June 20th. He volunteered for active service from Armstrong's works, Newcastle, and sailed for the East on the ill-fated “Transylvania," which was torpedoed, after a desperate swim for life he was picked up by a Japanese warship. He has been over a year on the Palestine front. ‘

Family Details:

Robert was the son of William & Elizabeth Oliver of Garden House, Staindrop. Robert was born in Newcastle- upon-Tyne where his father was a butcher. The family came to Staindrop between 1901 & 1911, where his father was market gardener. Oliver’s Gardens, next to Garden House was obviously named after this family.

Notes:

Robert joined the 905th Mechanical Transport Company of the Royal Army Service Corps (MT) in February, 1916 & served in Egypt & Palestine. The Royal Army Service Corps were the unsung heroes of the war responsible for maintaining essential supplies to the frontline troops. Robert died in Egypt from burns on 20th June, 1918 aged 29 & is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery.

This death does not seem to be recorded by CWGC.

Sources:
Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; First Name: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Home Address: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Last Name: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Notes: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Death Notice / Obituary: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Date of Death Day: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Date of Death Month: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2; Date of Death Year: Teesdale Mercury 17.07.1918 Page 3: Column 2;