Robert William Cassels

RegimentRoyal Fusiliers 10th (Stockbrokers) Battalion
Military Service

No details are known of Cassels’ service though his Medal Index Card records that he went to France on 13th October 1915, approximately 3 months after the main body of the battalion.  The battalion was part of 111th Brigade, 37th Division and its first major action in France was the Battle of the Ancre 13th – 18th November 1916.



Death17th November 1916
Circumstances of Death

The battalion’s war diary does not record any casualties during the 17th November but on the night of the 17th/18th the Machine Gun team was hit by a shell and most of the men were killed. However the Royal Fusiliers Museum does not believe Cassels was one of these men judging by his regimental number.

MemorialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
CWGC Information

Son of the late John Robert and Jane Torrance Cassels. Barrister at Law, and a Member of Lincoln’s Inn.


John R Cassels (c1844-1906) & Jane T Cross (1848-1880)

Father's Occupation

Iron and Coal Master (Glasgow Iron and Steel company)


Marion C (c1879-), Jane C W (1880-1904)




Fettes College, Moredun House (1890-1894)
It is not known whereabouts he studied law.


Barrister, member of Lincoln’s Inn

1881 Census

6 Park Street East, Glasgow

1891 Census

Fettes college, Edinburgh [Home address Home Hill, Logie, Perthshire]

1901 Census

Homehill House, Chalton Road, Logie, Stirlingshire

1911 Census

Not known

Home Address

1914 – Adelphi, London

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Kappa Lair 90
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Lincoln’s Inn War Memorial

Other Information

Cousin of Captain Robert W Cassels, 17th HLI, died 1st July 1916

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 the Royal Fusiliers Museum, Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotland’s People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project



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

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