Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Robert Hamilton Williamson, 118th Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died of wounds received several seven weeks earlier on the Western Front.
The only son of a general practitioner, he was educated at Glenalmond College in Scotland. In June of 1911 he was gazetted in the 1st Highland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force), and two years later was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. In April of 1914 he was successful in the military competitive examination and was then commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery.
In November of 1914 Second Lieutenant Williamson had been in an advanced observation post in a ruined church tower, making observations for his battery, when he received serious head wounds. Taken at first to hospital in Boulogne, he was later sent back to Scotland where he succumbed to his injuries at home two days after Christmas. He lies buried in the Allenvale Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Robert, from Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, was 21 years old.