Sergeant Robert Valentine

Sergeant Robert Valentine

Robert Valentine was born on 21st November 1895, the youngest son of Alexander Valentine, a Journeyman Baker, and Margaret Valentine, of 42 King Street, Lossiemouth.

His siblings were John, Ann, George, Henry, William and Charles.

On the outbreak of war on 4th August 1914 he volunteered to join the 1/6th Seaforth Highlanders at Lossiemouth.

He was wounded in the leg at Beaumont Hamel and in the left heel at Rheims.  On 12th October 1918 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French.  The citation reads:

During the attack on Aulnay Wood, his company having suffered heavy losses, including the company commander, he immediately took command, launched an attack with his men and, despite heavy machine gun fire succeeded in reaching his objective.  Scorning danger, he gave his company a superb example of courage.

Robert Valentine was wounded three times.  He returned to Lossiemouth and completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner and then left to find work in England.  He is remembered in the Morayshire Roll of Honour.

He married Olive Louise Jarman and they had three sons.  In the Second World War he served in the Auxiliary Fire Service.

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Robert Valentine standing on the right.
Robert Valentine, far right, at Bedford.
Elgin City FC. Robert Valentine, second right, front.
Robert Valentine medal group.
Medals awarded to Sergeant Robert Valentine