Sgt William (Billy) Robertson September 8, 1916

A visit to a Soldier – Dalcy Gripich visits the grave site of her relative, Sgt William Robertson. She writes “Through the years I have been dragging the family to War Memorials and grave yards so they all know the man in the uniform in some small way. I have been to Ottawa and have the page from the Book of Remembrance, the War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle where we had his name brob2016added to the books, Cranbrook Cenotaph and Cranbrook’s Wall of Honour and finally to Belgium…awesome experience! I have a postcard collection from my grandmother with the few cards he sent to her during his journey across Canada.” Dalcy has shared a few pictures of her visit at the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery near Poperinge in Belgium. He rests today in Belgium near where he passed away. The link that follows is his memorial listing at Veteran’s Affairs – http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/153009?William%20Robertson

brlossesHis loss as reported in the local papers

Sgt Robertson had 3 other brothers who died in FranceGeorge 25 September 1915 Aged 26 William 8 September 1916 Aged 29 Andrew February 1918 Aged 32 His brother Robert died at East Fortune 20th May 1925, Aged 24

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Dalcy keeps the memories alive

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Sgt William Robertson rests in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery

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Billy’s grave

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Dalcy and her husband

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Reninghelst New Military Cemetery maintained in wonderful condition by the Commonwealth War Graves Committee

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Signing the visitors book