Posted on July 11, 2018
Able Seaman James Robertson was 27 when he died in April 1917 during the capture of Gavrelle. The human remains, and uniform shoulder titles, were found in 2016. The MoD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre had two possible candidates, before DNA confirmation. Mr Robertson served with the Hood Battalion, fighting in Gallipoli and Northern France. In January 1917, he joined the Anson Battalion and it was during “fierce fighting” in the village of Gavrelle that he died on 28 April 1917. His nephew, Frank Treasurer, 81, will attend the service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Orchard Dump Cemetery in France on Wednesday morning.