Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Falconer, Robert

Rank: Sergeant-Major

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of James G. Falconer, commission agent ; born Aberdeen, 8 December 1890 ; was educated at the Grammar School and at Gordon's College. On leaving school he entered the firm of Messrs. Stephen & Smith, advocates, Aberdeen, to whom he was later apprenticed as a law clerk. During his apprenticeship he studied Law at Aberdeen University, 1912 - 15. He joined the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (T.F.) as a Private in 1911, and took a great interest in the Territorials. He was mobilized as a Lance-Sergeant, and crossed to France with the 4th Gordons in the spring of 1915 ; there he was soon promoted Company Sergeant-Major. Early in 1916 he was home on leave. He rejoined the Battalion in May, and returned to France with a draft in the beginning of July to take part in the Battle of the Somme. During this engagement he was reported wounded and missing on 23 July 1916, and was later believed killed on that date. Falconer was keenly interested in the welfare of his Company and was popular with both officers and men. He proved himself a reliable soldier, and showed courage and fearlessness in the fulfilment of his duties.

Date of Death: 23 July 1916

Burial Details: Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Plot 12, Row E, Grave 27.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

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