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Robert Pickering METCALFE

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Forename(s): Robert Pickering

Place of Birth: Thornton Rust, Yorkshire

Service No: R/24155

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 14th (Light) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1917-08-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 115 to 119.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ASKRIGG, YORKSHIRE



Additional Information:

Robert Pickering Metcalfe was the son of George and Grace Metcalfe, née Pickering. George was born at Kidstones, Bishopdale and Grace at Thornton Rust, Yorkshire.

1901 Thornton Rust, Yorkshire Census: Robert P. Metcalfe, aged 7 years, born ( - ), son of George and Grace Metcalfe.

1911 Askrigg, Yorkshire Census: High Fors, Raydaleside - Robert Pickering Metcalfe, aged 17 years, born Aysgarth. [Robert was employed by Ralph Tiplady Metcalfe, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Robert P. Metcalfe, R.24155, K.R.Rif.C.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Robert P. Metcalfe, R24155, 8th Bn K.R.Rif.C.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Robert Pickering Metcalfe, R.24155, 8th Bn K.R.R.C. Date and Place of Death: 24.8.17. In Action. Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - George. £10 5s. 7d.

A short biography of Robert is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

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Forename(s): Robert Pickering

Born: Thornton Rust, Yorks

Residence: Thornton Rust

Enlisted: Leyburn

Number: R/24155

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 24/08/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Robert Pickering

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: R/24155

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 24/08/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Metcalfe, of Ashfield House, Thornton Rust, Aysgarth, Yorks.

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Metcalfe Society

(Supplied by David Metcalfe, Keeper of the Computer Index for the Metcalfe Society, Catterick Garrison)

Robert Pickering Metcalfe dd 24 Aug 1917 was born 1893 Thornton Rust son of George & Grace (Pickering) Metcalfe.

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St Andrew's Churchyard, Aysgarth

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14 September 1917

METCALFE – August 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Private Robert Metcalfe, K.R.R., of Thornton Rust, Wensleydale.

14 September 1917


The hamlet of Thornton Rust has suffered its first loss in the war during the closing days of August by the death in action of Pte. Robert Metcalfe, of the K.R.R. In a letter received by his sorrowing parents from a lady in Bradford, some particulars of his sad end have come to hand. It appears that he, along with a party of ten others, were ordered to storm the front line of the enemy’s trenches, when a shell burst amongst them, causing the death of all but two who were slightly wounded. His captain, in a letter to his mother, says,:–“Your son had done some extremely good work out here as a ‘Lewis’ gunner, and his loss is greatly deplored by all of us. It will be difficult to replace him.” Mr. and Mrs. George Metcalfe have the sympathy of all their neighbours in this little upland village.


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    One Response to Robert Pickering METCALFE

    1. Christine Margaret Allinson August 15, 2022 at 1:24 pm #

      Robert Pickering Metcalfe was my great uncle on my mother’s side, her mother Mary Alice was his sister.
      We have his medals, I have passed them onto my son who lives in Australia, his sons, Arthur and Oliver,
      both wore one on Anzac Day.

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