Robert Bruce Oliphant Moir

Second Lieutenant
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Highland Light Infantry, 3rd Battalion, attached 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Moir served in the OTC at school and on 1st January 1914 became the youngest Colour Sergeant the corps had ever had. Immediately on leaving school he received a commission in 3rd (Reserve) Battalion HLI in July 1915 while still only 17 years old. He arrived in France in May 1916 and it is presumably at that time that he served with 12th HLI (46th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division).  He was wounded at the Somme in August 1916 and when he returned to France at the beginning of February 1917 he was attached to 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry (18th Brigade, 6th Division). His school obituary records that he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Arras but this is misleading.  The 6th Division was north of Arras holding trenches from Loos north to the Hohenzollern Redoubt , an area which had been heavily fought over in 1915. Moir was actually killed during an unsuccessful raid on the German front line during the night of 8th/9th April. [caption id="attachment_3160" align="aligncenter" width="193"]Battle of Arras Location Battle of Arras Location[/caption]
10th October 1897, Glasgow
Death9th April 1917
Killed in action Report on raid on the German front line during the night of 8th/9th April 1915
MemorialLoos Memorial, Panel 108 to 112.
Son of Professor James Moir, LL.D., and Mrs. Moir, 9 University Gardens, Glasgow
James Moir (1841-1915) & Jean Love (c1856- ) maried 1887, Beith, Ayrshire
Writer, Professor of Conveyancing University of Glasgow
Alexander J (1888-1899), Andrew A L (c1891-), Jessie L (c1894-), George H (c1894-1925), Andreas A Le C (c1896-1961)
Kelvinside Academy 1st XV in rugby; in the Debating Society; Dux (Classics) in 1915.
20 Ann Street, Partick
9 University Gardens, Partick
Rosemount, Kincardine-on-Forth
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Primus Lair not known
Scottish National War Memorial Tulliallan War Memorial
Both surviving brothers were also educated at Kelvinside Academy and served in the First World War.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Kelvinside Academy, Ancestry, and Find my past. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Family Search Scotlands People The Long, Long Trail The Scottish War Memorials Project 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, War Diary August 1914 – March 1919. (TNA WO 95/1617) Lees, W & P Williams, Kelvinside Academy and the Great War. 1998


Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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