Robert Cecil Dowrick

Date of birth:             1890
Place of birth:           Southampton
Service No:                87199
Rank:                            Private
Regiment:                   Royal Army Medical Corps
Battalion:                    51st General Hospital Brigade
Died:                             1st June 1918 aged 28
Death location:         France

Before the War
Robert Cecil Dowrick, the son of John & Elizabeth Jane Dowrick, was born in 1890.  The 1901 census shows the family living at 127 Lodge Road, Southampton.  John, born in Newlyn, Cornwall, was employed as a drapers accountant.  The family consisted of John, Elizabeth and 5 children.  By 1911 they had moved to 2 Polygon Road, Southampton and Robert was working as a restaurant waiter.

Military Service
Robert enlisted aged 26 on 10th October 1916 and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the 51st General Hospital. His occupation before enlistment was given as a machinist and he had also served in the Royal Naval Air Reserve.

Robert was killed on 1st June, 1918 and buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference XVII.E.20. He is remembered on the 1920 Roll of Honour.

The Royal Army Medical Corps lost over 6,000 soldiers and 700 officers killed during the War. A memorial to all those lost is situated in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.

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