Sergeant Robert Thomson

Sergeant  Robert Phil Thomson 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade ( Prince Consorts Own ). He was killed in action on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in the assault on the strong German positions at Flers where tanks were used for the first time in battle. At this time despite being very slow and still mechanically unreliable they greatly assisted the infantry onto their objectives in some areas.  The second photograph shows what remained of Flers after the battle.( 9th Battalion was part of the 41st Brigade of the 14th ( Light ) Division.until July 1918 when it was reduced to Cadre ).

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