Colgate, Robert (Roy)


He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Colgate MD, RAMC and Ethel Dobell Colgate of Eastbourne and came to Winchester from Elstree School. He went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, and entered the motor trade, working for a time with Messrs. Lanchester.

In the first days of the war he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion and obtained a commission in the Armoured Car Division of the R.N.V.R. He went to Gallipoli with a detachment of the Motor Machine Gun Corps, rendering gallant service there, and was wounded after the landing at Suvla Bay. On his recovery he was gazetted to the newly-formed Machine Gun Corps with the rank of Captain, and served with them in France till his death.

He was mortally wounded in Mametz Wood, while on his way to render assistance to an isolated party of his machine-gunners, and died on July 12th 1916.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Colgate
  • Forenames or initials: Robert (Roy)
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1895-1897
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
  • Date of Birth: 3rd March 1881
  • Date of Death: 13th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE; Grave I. B. 21.