Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Robert St. John Blacker-Douglass M.C., 1st Battalion, the Irish Guards, was killed in action on the Western Front.
Educated at Hazelwood School and Wellington College, he went on to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and was commissioned in February of 1912 at the age of eighteen. A year later he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
In September of 1914 he was wounded at Compiegne, after already seeing action at the Battle of Mons and the Battle of Londrecies. On the day of his death he was leading his men in an attack on a German trench at Cuinchy when he was fatally wounded. For his actions that day he was awarded the Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty for continuing to lead an attack after he had been wounded”.
Robert, from Dublin, was 21 years old.