Robert Ramsay Tullis

RankCaptain Robert Ramsay Tullis
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentArgyll & Sutherland Highlanders 7th Battalion
Military Service

1909 Robert Tullis was promoted captain in Territorial Force in March.

1914 At the outbreak of war the 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was at Stirling.  It was training at Bedford by 1 December and moved to Southampton en route for France on the 11th.  The battalion sailed on the 16th on SS Tintoretto and landed at Le Havre the following day.  By 31st December the battalion had moved to Helfaut and Bilques and was still busy training.

1915 From 6 January the battalion was stationed at Nieppe, part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division.  The battalion was granted a period of familiarisation training until the start of the Second Battle of Ypres on 22nd April in which the Germans used poison gas for the first time.  The battalion, moved from billets near Bailleul, and took part in the Battle of St Julien on 25th April suffering heavy casualties. It was in action again several times further until the Second Battle of Ypres officially ended on 25th May.  On the 24th May, the first day of the Battle of Bellwaarde, the battalion suffered a serious gas attack in which more than 200 men were affected.  Captain Tullis was wounded in the head and died the following day in hospital at Bailleul without regaining consciousness.  By the 25th May only 5 officers and 84 men remained with the colours and 4 days later the 7th and 9th Battalions, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were temporarily organized into a composite battalion.


25th November 1885 Glasgow

Death25th May 1915
BurialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, I. F. 38

On his gravestone is engraved ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’.

CWGC Information

Son of Mrs. James T. Tullis; husband of Edith R. MacInnes Shaw Begg (formerly Tullis), of Northcote, Witley, Surrey.


James T Tullis (1842-1910) and Elizabeth Kennedy (1856-1940)

Father's Occupation

Farmer, Leather Merchant, Deacon Convenor of Trades’ House


Samuel (1871-1912), James born c1882, Elsie born c1885, Dorothy born c1888, Muriel born 1891, Leila born c1894, William (1898-1904)


Edith R M’Innes Shaw (m. 1913). On 20th October 1916 Edith Tullis married R A Begg of London, at that time a lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders.

1 daughter Jeanne E R Tullis b. 3rd March 1915


Glasgow Academy


Director of John Tullis and Son, Ltd, tanners and leather merchants, St Ann’s Works, Glasgow and at Tullibody, Alloa

1891 Census

Burnside Anchorage, Rutherglen

1901 Census

The Anchorage, Rutherglen

1911 Census

1 The Walk, Alloa

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair not known
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

He left personal property in the United Kingdom to the value of

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much 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 Ancestry (, Findmypast (

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –

Clutterbuck, A. The Bond of Sacrifice: a biographical record of British officers who fell in the Great War. Volume 2 January to June 1915.  1915., page 475.

War diary of 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders December 1914 – February 1916. (TNA WO 95/1481/2)



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

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