Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Robert Bruce Conduitt, 1st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany’s), was killed in action on the Western Front. He was hit by a shell in the front line of trenches at Neuve Chapelle in France.
Educated at the Edinburgh Academy and Fettes College, he had been a banker by profession and an accomplished violinist. He served for a year in the Queen’s Edinburgh Volunteers and for another year in the 4th (Territorial) Battalion, Royal Scots.
At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted as a private in the 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish), and was given a commission in the Seaforth Highlanders less than two weeks before his death. He is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, in France.
Robert, from Edinburgh, was killed three days after his 25th birthday.