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   Robert William Dodman 

Gunner 52702
28th Div. Ammunition Park, Royal Field Artillery
Drowned 30/01/1916, aged 38

Buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France (Div. 19. P.8)
Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance
Headstone of his parents, St Peter & St Paul's graveyard, Ewhurst

Robert Dodman, remembered on his father (John Dodman) and mother's (Harriett Dodman)
 headstone, St Peter & St Paul's graveyard, Ewhurst



ROBERT WILLIAM DODMAN was born in Ockley (1) in 1878, the son of John and Harriett Dodman, and brother of Lilian (b 1874), Frederick H (b 1876), Valentine H (b 1879), James H (b 1882) Clarence V (b 1886) and Ivy E (b 1890) . In 1881 the family were living at Pisley, in Forest Green, and by 1891 John, a game keeper, had moved the family to Warren Cottage, Peper Harrow.

Robert had previously served in the army during the South African Campaign (2), and enlisted for service during the First World War in Cranleigh (1). He served as Gunner 52702 with the 28th Division Ammunition Park, of the Royal Field Artillery and arrived in France on 15th January 1915 (3). The Ammunition Parks were involved with the supply of shells and munitions to the front line units.

According to the Ewhurst Book of Remembrance, Robert drowned at Le Havre on 30th January, 1916. He was laid to rest in the Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France (Div. 19. P.8).

Robert was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal (3)



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(1) 1881 Census
(2) CWGC
(3) Soldiers Medal Records.

AEB 05/08/05




Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey