Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Middleton, Robert Hugh

Rank: Private

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of David Middleton, farmer. Born Liverpool, 5 December 1892; educated Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, matriculated in Arts, 1912. At the University he showed exceptional talent and ability as an English scholar. To "Alma Mater" he was a frequent contributor of prose and verse which showed real gifts, wide reading and much originality. Enlisting in the University Company of the 4th Gordons in 1913, Middleton trained with them at Bedford and served with his unit in Flanders, till he was killed in action at Hooge, 1 June 1915. A University friend who was with him in the trenches wrote; "He was not one of those who grow less lovable as they grow more intimately known, because he had sympathy, taste and understanding." With his eyes open, realizing all the sacrifice he might be called upon to make, he yet was "eager for the glorious and glad adventure", and, following the path of duty, joined the ranks of those "whose life was all tomorrow and they died to-day".

Date of Death: 01 June 1915

Burial Details: Name recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 38, Column 8.

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

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