Robert and Henry McAusland

ROBERT HAMILTON RUSSELL McAUSLAND was born in June 1896 and lived in Derby with his parents.

Local newspaper report shows that he joined a "Comrades Corps" in 1914 which was merged with the 13th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbyshire Regiment) and were quartered at Normanton Barracks, Derby. At some point he became part of the 5th Reserve Battalion, Sherwood Foresters as there is a newspaper report in 1916 showing that he was arrested for being absent without leave, brought before the court and handed over to military escorts.    

Robert (Bert) was killed in action near Ypres in July 1917 whilst serving with the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. Twelve of his comrades from the 9th Battalion were also killed in the same month.    

 

HENRY TUDOR McAUSLAND was born in 1910 in Derby. He lived in Derby with his parents and siblings. He was 7 years old when elder brother Robert (Bert) was killed in WW1. The CWGC lists his profession as a Charted Surveyor

Henry was killed in a bombing raid over Dusseldorf in June 1943 when the Wellington Mark X HE 184 "M" in which he was the Bomb Aimer was shot down. He was officially posted as "missing" and is commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

By Geoff Parton

 

 

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