Tipton

Remembers

Private 47003 Robert Jacques


Killed in Action on Wednesday, 27th March 1918, age 23.
Commemorated on Panel 93 and 94 of Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry), 10th Squadron.
Formerly 10540 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, and 10540 1st Dragoon Guards.

Born: Newtown, Staffs, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Peter's, Greets Green Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1583299/


Genealogical Data

Birth of Robert Jacques (incorrectly spelt as Jaques) registered June quarter 1894 in West Bromwich.

1901 Census
49 Farley Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
George Jacques (41, Quarryman in Brick Works, born Hartshorne, Derbyshire), his wife Eliza (35, born West Bromwich), and their 3 children: Charles H.M. (13, born Church Gresley, Leics), Lilian (9, born West Bromwich), and Robert (7, born West Bromwich).

1911 Census
55 Farley Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
George Jacques (51, Carter in Scrap Yard, born Hartshorne, Derbyshire), his wife Eliza (45, born Golds Green, West Bromwich), and their 3 children: Charles (23, Milk Seller, born Church Gresley, Leics), Lilian (19, No Occupation, born West Bromwich), and Robert (17, Worker in Glass Works, born West Bromwich).


Personal Data

After Robert's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £6/7/3d (6 pounds, 7 shillings and 3 pence), this was paid to his father, George, in August 1918 and February 1920. His War Gratuity was £20/10/0d (20 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his father in February 1920. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Robert had enlisted in August 1914.


Action resulting in his death

Robert Jacques was initially with the 1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, this unit trained men for the 1st and 5th Dragoon Guards. On completion of his training Robert moved to the 1st Dragoon Guards.

The 1st Dragoon Guards were part of the 1st Indian Cavalry Division, they returned to India in October 1917. By this stage Robert had transferred to the 10th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and remained in France. Cavalry Machine Gun Squdrons provided mobile units of Machine Guns.

It has not been possible to trace any details of the 10th Squadron, MGC (Cavalry), but as Robert is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, he would have been killed during the German advances over the old Somme battlefields during the German Spring Offensive.


Newspaper Cuttings

None.