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Name Robert Howarth Urwin
Nick Name  
Last Known Address Selby, Yorkshire
Family Circumstances Single , son of Robert Howarth (senior) and Maud Urwin.

Unit of Service Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Number and Rank Lance Serjeant
Date & Place of Death 16th July 1944 France
Grave Location
(if known)

. Plot 111 - Row J - Grave 10,

St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Normandy, France.

Where Commemorated
(if known)

British Army Roll of Honour 1939 - 1945.

West Riding Division Book of Remembrance at York Minster York.

WW2 KOYLI Capbadge.


Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

Robert joined the army along with his brother Ronald. They both served in The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regiment. We have not been able to verify his medal entitlement.


Other general information. online links, images etc.

Robert was born in Wharncliffe Street, Sunderland on 22nd April 1917. His sister was also born in Sunderland in 1918. He also had an elder brother Ronald who had been born in 1911 whilst the family lived in York. In the 1911 Census his father is shown to be living in Yorkshire although he was also born in Sunderland.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commemorative Certificate and various other documents show at the time of his death that he was the son of Robert and Maud Urwin living in Yorkshire. The 1939 Register of People shows Robert Senior (Father), Maud his wife, his brother Ronald and Robert Junior living at 73 West View, in the Rural District of Derwent. His father is recorded as a pump attendant, his mother as an unpaid domestic (Housewife) and Robert and his Brother Ronald as Building Contractors.

We are not sure exactly when Robert and Ronald his brother joined the army.


Below is the 1911 Census showing Roberts parents living in Yorkshire.





Below is the Central Register of Roberts Birth in 1917.




The 1939 Registry showing Robert and his family in Yorkshire.



Robert's Battalion operations up to his death.

The 1/4th Battalion served with the 146th Infantry Brigade49th (West Riding) Infantry Division throughout the War. The Battalion first saw action when it was transferred to Norway in April 1940 as part of the disastrous British and French intervention against the German invasion, serving as part of "Mauriceforce" at Namsos under Major General Adrian Carton de Wiart. The Battalion was soon evacuated and was moved to Iceland with the rest of the 49th Division in May 1940 as part "Alabasterforce", where they were part of the occupying garrison until returning to England in August 1942. Following training for the invasion of France, the Battalion did not land on D-Day but landed in France on 9 June 1944 and was soon fighting in the Battle of Normandy. The 1/4th Battalion fought during the battle for Caen during Operation Martlet,



Below is a KOYLI Fighting Patrol in Normandy in 1944.

(We donot know the names of the patrol members. )




The Commonwealth War Graves Commisssion Certificate of Commemoration



Robert's Headstone.




The documentation commissioning the headstone for Robert.



The Graves Concentration report for Cemetery listing the deceased.



The Cemetary Plan. The area of Robert's Grave is shown in red.











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