Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon
Robert Bramall Dives was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1883, to James and Ellen Dives. By the time of the 1891 Census, his family had moved to New Farm, Epsom, Surrey; Robert was recorded as being a scholar at the time. In 1901, now aged 18, Robert was working as a Printer Compositor, living with his parents at 6 Willett Road, Croydon. In 1909 he married Alice Victoria Jones, and the couple lived at 1 Mint Terrace, Mint Road, Wallington, Surrey, while he worked as a Printer Compositor.
After the outbreak of the First World War, Robert enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery, on 24 May 1916 aged 33. After training in 183rd Heavy Battery he embarked Southampton 30 September 1916 and disembarked at Havre 3rd October 1916. Sadly, Robert was killed in action in the field 19 September 1917.
His name appears in the 1919 Service Medal & Awards Rolls:
Name Robert Bramall Dives;
Military year 1914-1920;
Medal awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Regiment Royal Garrison Artillery;
Regimental No. 109406.
Previous units 183 Heavy Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 109406, Gunner.