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  • Christina Drummond

Lieutenant Robert Maule, 5th Battalion (Queen's Edinburgh Rifles) Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Robert Maule, 5th Battalion, (Queen’s Edinburgh Rifles), Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), was killed in action at Gallipoli.

The only son of Sir Robert Maule of Ashbrook, Edinburgh, he was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with an M.A. degree. He joined his father’s drapery firm, Robert Maule & Son, and became a partner in 1912, not long before he joined the 5th Battalion, Queen’s (Edinburgh) Rifles.

Promoted to Lieutenant in September of 1914, he undertook Imperial Service obligations, leaving for the Near East the following March. He had been nominated to form an escort for General Sir Ian Hamilton, but a week before his death he relinquished that position, explaining to his father in a letter that he wished to be returned to his regiment so that he might share the risks of war with his men. He was killed in action on the Gallipoli Peninsula, struck by shrapnel as he attempted to provide cover for his men.

Robert, from Leith, Midlothian, was 30 years old.

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