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16036 Private Robert Henry Dark


Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916


Born in Bideford Devon in 1891.

His parents were George Dark (1870-14/05/1894) and

Ellen Gammon(1870-1944). They were married in 1891.

Roberts siblings were his half brothers

William Verren Gammon(1888-11/10/1950) and 

Albert Claude(31/07/1901-1971),his sister Florence Ellen

(born in 1894) and half sister Lillian Annie(1898-1918).

George Dark,a general labourer had died in 1894 and Ellen became head of the house and she was employed as a dressmaker. The family lived at 8 Lemon Street, Bideford, Devon.

In 1905 Ellen remarried to William James Welsford


At some point after 1901 Robert moved to South Wales as the 1911 Welsh census finds him boarding at Woodville House,

4 Railway Terrace,Skewen,Glamorgan,where he was working as a colliery labourer.

In 1914 he married Ethel Kate Evans(02/05/1894-1980) and they had a daughter Florence Kate(11/07/1914-2004).

He enlisted in Swansea and his date of disembarkation into France was on 17/08/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.

At the time of his death Ethel's home address was given as

7 Graham Terrace,Mooretown,Skewen,Neath,Glamorgan.

In 1921 Ethel remarried to John Henry Marley(1892-1964).  

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