Soldiers of the Regiment
Private Robert Helme
Private Robert Helme, number 201115, 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own.
Robert came from Dalton in Furness and enlisted, aged 19, in November
1915. He went overseas on 11th June 1916 joining the 1st/4th Battalion
just before the Battle of the Somme. Robert was taken prisoner on 9th
April 1918 during the German attack on Givenchy. He was killed by an
aeroplane bomb on 28th April 1918 whilst a prisoner of war and is buried
in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery near Arras, France.
Items in the museum's collection:
Nominal Roll of Prisoners of War of the King's Own Royal Regiment
Accession Number: KO1353/01
Letter from the British Red Cross and Order of St John, Enquiry
Department, dated 20 Dec 1918. Concerning the death of Private R
Helme, number 201115, 1st/4th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment,
‘D’ Company. With information from a report by returned prisoner of
war, Sergeant W Travis, 1st/4th King’s Own and Private Knapp, number
201706, 1st/4th King’s Own, and the last time that Private Helme,
had been seen, 9 Apr 1918 at Givenchy
British Red Cross and Order of St. John, Enquiry Department for
Wounded and Missing. 20 Dec 1918
To Mrs Allonby, 26 Hartington Street, Dalton in Furness.
Private R Helme, number 20115, 1st/4th King’s Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment, D Company.
We feel it our sad duty to have to inform you of the following
report just obtained from a returned prisoner of war:
Sergeant W Travis Home address:
1/4th KORLR D Coy Railway Hotel
Ripon Camp Barrow in Furness
He tells us he knows your nephew was captured on the 9th April and
he was informed later by Private Kemp, 201706, of the same Regt.
that he had later been killed by an aeroplane bomb. He describes him
as about 5’5”, young and fair, and came from the Furness District.
We deeply regret having to send you this sad report and can assure
you that you have our deepest sympathy.
for The Earl of Lucan.
Accession Number: KO1353/02
Army form B 104 -82 Notification of Death of Private Robert
Helme, number 201115, 1st/4th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment. Killed on 28 Apr 1918 in a Church at Salome, ‘was killed by a
shell during a bombardment’, notification dated 4 Jun 1919.
Accession Number: KO1353/03
Letter from War Office, May 1919 re death of Private R Helme
Accession Number: KO1353/04
Prisoner of War Postcard sent to Mrs Allonby, 26 Hartington
Street, Dalton in Furness relating to Private Robert Helme, 1st/4th
Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Taken prisoner of war
9th April 1918.
Accession Number: KO1353/05
Private Robert Helme, 1st/4th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment. Probably photographed outside his billet circa 1915/6.
Accession Number: KO1353/06
Photo: Private Robert Helme World War One.
Accession Number: KO1353/07
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