Robert Cull

Date of birth: 17th October 1888
Place of birth: Fawley
Regiment: Army Service Corps
Battalion: 209th Horse Transport
Rank / Service No: Driver, T2/016848
Died: 22nd October 1918, aged 30 years
Buried: Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece (382)

 

Robert was the fourteenth of 15 siblings born to George and Mary Cull (nee Baker), who married in Fawley in 1863.

Both parents were born in Fawley, George in 1842 and Mary in 1843. Mary died in the village in 1915 and George passed away in Southampton in 1920.

 

Siblings

Fanny   b. 1864 Fawley   d. 1919 Fawley   Married Edward Read in Fawley in 1888.

Elizabeth   b. 1865 Fawley   d. ??   Definitely single in 1891….

William   b. 1867 Fawley   d. 1950 Portsmouth Married Ellen Edney in Southampton in 1898.

George   b. 1869 Fawley   d. 1944 Southampton   Married Rosa Beard in Fawley in 1889.

Joseph   b. 1871 Fawley   d. 1946 Dibden   Married Elizabeth Cotton in Fawley in 1897.

Mary   b. 1873 Fawley   d. 1964 Southampton   Married James Charles Osman in Southampton in 1895.

Henry   b. 1875 Fawley   d. 1893 Lymington

Emily   b. 1877 Fawley   d. 1957 Fawley   Married Steve Shelley in Fawley in 1913.

Ann   b. 1879 Fawley   d. 1883 Fawley

Ellen   b. 28 April 1881 Fawley   d. ??

John   b. 17 May 1882 Fawley   d. 1966 Fawley   Married Elizabeth Bunday in Fawley in 1911.

Alice   b. 13 October 1883 Fawley   d. ??

Rose   b. 6 October 1886 Fawley   d. ??

Robert

James   b. 1890 Fawley   d. ??

 

Robert married Annie Elizabeth Cooke in Southampton in 1914. Annie was born on the Isle of Wight in 1883 and she passed away in Droxford in 1941.

They lived at 1 Vincent’s Passage, Vincent’s Walk in the city.

 

The 209th Horse Transport Company were formed as a Reserve Park company in December 1914.

They were converted to 13 Auxilliary HT Company and sent to Salonika in early 1915 where they remained for the duration of the war.

 

It is almost certain that Robert was a victim of an influenza epidemic that began in September 1918 and raged for 3 months.

 

The cemetery was begun in March 1916 but remained very small until September 1917 when the 60th, 65th and 66th General Hospitals came to the neighbourhood.

In mid 1918 other hospitals arrived for the clean,fresh air beside the Salonika-Hortakoi road.

 

The flu epidemic was responsible for three-quarters of the 588 Commonwealth WW1 graves that can be found in the cemetery.

 

Robert’s headstone reads: “He lives in the hearts of those who loved him”

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
Updated:

 

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