Robert Edwin Cumberledge 1870-1954

Gunner 68894 & 9741 Royal Garrison Artillery & Private S/439398 Army Service Corp

Robert Edwin Cumberledge was born 16 January 1870 in Gibraltar. He was the son of Robert Cumberledge, a Corporal 585 in the 15th Brigade Royal Artillery, and his wife Sarah. Robert Edwin's father had died before he was born  and aged 18 years of age he followed in his father' footsteps and joined the Royal Artillery. He joined at Woolwich on 3 October 1888. His description on enlistment was:

  • Age: 18 years 8 months
  • Height: 5 feet 9⁷⁄₈ inches
  • Weight: 131 lbs
  • Chest: 33 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Brown
  • Religious denomination: Church of England
  • Distinctive Marks:
    • Mole front of breast
    • Dot left forearm
    • Scar left wrist

He became Gunner 68894 in the Royal Artillery serving in various batteries.  He was initially discharged having completed his first period of engagement having completed 13 years in the army on 30 September 1901. His description on discharge was:

  • Age: 31 years 8 months
  • Height: 6 feet
  • Chest: 38 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Brown
  • Trade: Clerk
  • Intended place of residence: 58 Hanover Street, Pimlico, London
  • Descriptive Marks:
    • Mole from of breast
    • Dots left forearm
    • Scar left wrist
  • The above named man is discharged in consequence of the termination of his first period of engagement.

He re-enlisted on 13 November 1901 to complete 21 years in the army becoming Gunner 9471 Royal Garrison Artillery. His description was given as:

  • Age: 31 years / months
  • Height: 5 feet 11¾ inches
  • Weigh 164 lbs
  • Chest measurement min: 37½ inches maximum: 40 inches
  • Complexion: Fresh
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Brown
  • Church of England: Yes
  • Distinctive Marks:
    • Mole Chest

Robert Edwin Cumberledge's Military Service

Certificates of Education

  • 3rd Class 12 Mar 1889
  • 2nd Class 14 May 1889

Campaigns

  • Occupation of Crete 1897
  • Miranzai Expedition 1891
  • Isazai Field Force 1892
  • Chitral Relief Force 1895
  • South Africa 1899

Medals, decorations and annuities

  • Indian 1854 [India General Service Medal] with “Samana” Clasp 1891
  • Indian 1895 with Clasp for Chitral 1895
  • South Africa Medal 1899 With Clasps Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Relief of Lady Smith & South Africa 1901
  • Long Service & Good Conduct medal (with gratuity) A.O. 254/08

Name and Address of next of kin

Mother, Sarah Cumberledge 58 Hanover Street, Pimlico, London

Elder Brother, William, Warder General Prison, Singapore

Elder Brother, Frederick, St George’s Hospital, London

World War One

STATEMENT of the SERVICES if No. S/439398 Name Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Age on Enlistment: 48 years 10 months

Enlisted for Period of the war

General Service Deemed to have enlisted Private 18 April 1918

Called up for service Private 2 November 1918

Army Service Corps Supplies Posted Private 5 November 1918

Army Service Corps RSP [Reserve Supply Personnel] Depot Joined 4 November 1918

Discharged Unit, Crystal Palace Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization Date: 12 Jun 1919 Rank: Private 12 June 1919, Place: Woolwich Dockyard, Address: 126 Crampton Street, Walworth, S.E.

Serial No. 124445

Military Character: Very Good

Family

Robert Edwin Cumberledge married Jessie Brodie 15 August 1916 at Lambeth Register Office.

Military Service Record

SHORT SERVICE

(7 years with Colors, and 5 years in the Reserve)

ATTESTATION OF

No. R.A. [Royal Artillery] 68894

Name: Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Corps: Royal Artillery

Joined at Woolwich on 3rd October 1888

 

Name: Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Parish or Town of birth: Gibraltar

British Subject: Yes

Age: 18 Years 8 Months

Trade: Clerk

Pervious Service: No

For what Corps are you willing to be enlisted: Royal Artillery

1st October 1888 at London

Description if Robert Edwin Cumberledge on Enlistment

Age: 18 years 8 months

Height: 5 feet 9⁷⁄₈ inches

Weight: 131 lbs

Chest: 33 inches

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Brown

Religious denomination: Church of England

Distinctive Marks:

  • Mole front of breast
  • Dot left forearm
  • Scar left wrist

CERTIFICATE OF FINAL MEDICAL EXAMINATION

I have examined the Recruit in accordance with above Certificate, and have completed his Description in ink. I consider him Fit and approve him for the Army.

Date: 1st October 1888

Place: London

Certificate of Primary Medical Examination

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him fit for service in the Royal Artillery and that I have examined this Attestation and find it properly filled up.

Date: 1st October 1888

Place: London

Certificate of Approving Field Officer

I certify that this Attestation of the above-named recruit is correct, and that the required forms appear to have been complied with. I accordingly approve, and appoint him to Royal Artillery

If enlisted by special authority, number and date to be here quoted: 27/Artillery C/818 24 Sep 1888

Date: 1 October 1888

Place: London

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 68894 Name; Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 1st October 1888

Royal Artillery, London Division: Attested Gunner 1st October 1888

2/1st Brigade South Irish Division: Transferred Gunner 22 December 1888

Became Mountain Artillery Battalion: 10 Reorganisation Gunner 1 July 1889

Battalion: 3 Posted Gunner 18 February 1890

Granted Good Conduct Pay @ 1d 1 October 1890

Forfeited Good Conduct Pay @ 1d 8 October 1890

Restored Good Conduct Pay @ 1d 8 February 1892

Granted Good Conduct Pay @ 2d 1 October 1894

Appointed Acting Bombardier 11 February 1895

Battery: 4 Posted Acting Bombardier 23 January 1896

1st Class Army Reserve Transferred Acting Bombardier 22 February 1896 114 Days service not allowed to reckon for pension or Good Conduct Pay

Eastern Division London Division RE Rejoined the Colors Gunner 16 June 1896

East Division Depot Posted Gunner 1st November 1896

Mountain Artillery Battery: 4 Transferred Gunner 14 November 1896

Good Conduct Pay 127) Granted Good Conduct Pay @ 3d 23 Jan 1901

Depot Posted Gunner 15 August 1901

Discharged 1st Period 30 September 1901

Re-enlisted under Army Order of 1900 as No: 9471 Royal Garrison Artillery on 13 Nov 1901

South African War Gratuity paid by Paymaster Woolwich D2/2750/7 (RA559)

Total Service forfeited 114 Days

Total Service towards Engagement to 30 Sep 1901 (date of discharge) 13 years – days

Robert Edwin Cumberledge MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Home from 1st October 1888 to 17 February 1890 1 years 140 Days

India from 18 February 1890 to 17 February 1896 6 Years 0 Days

Home from 18 February 1896 to 9 April 1897 1 Year 51 Days

Malta from 10 April 1897 to 22 April 1897 13 Days

Crete from 23 April 1897 to 24 Nov 1897 216 Days

Malta from 25 November 1897 13 February 1898 81 Days

Home from 14 February 1898 to 15 November 1899 1 Year 215 Days

South Africa from 16 November 1899 to 13 September 1901 1 Years 302 Days

Home from 14 September 1901 to 30 September 1901 17 Days

Educated at: Royal Military Asylum: Yes D2 54041

Name and Address of Next of Kin: Mother, Sarah Cumberledge 15(a) Johnson’s Place No 7 Rutland Street Pimlico London

Campaigns:

  • Occupation of Crete 1897
  • Miranzai Expedition 1891
  • Isazai Field Force 1892
  • Chitral Relief Force 1895
  • South Africa 1899

Medals, decorations and annuities:

  • Indian Medal ^1854^ [India General Service Medal] with “Samana” Clasp 1891
  • Indian War Medal of 1895 with Clasp for Chitral 1895
  • Entitled to South African Medal 1899 V:

Certificates of Education:

  • 3rd Class 12 Mar 1889
  • 2nd Class 14 May 1889

Character on being passed to Reserve: Very Good

Intended place of Residence on Transfer to Army Reserve: 7 Rutland Street, Pimlico

 

Proceedings On Discharge

No. 68894 Army Rank: Gunner

Name: Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Corps of Regular Forces: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion, Battery, Company, Depot: Depot Mountain Division

Date of Discharge: 30th September 1901

Place of Discharge: Newport MM [Monmouthshire]

Description at time of Discharge

Age: 31 years 8 months

Height: 6 feet

Chest: 38 inches

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Brown

Trade: Clerk

Intended place of residence: 58 Hanover Street, Pimlico, London

Descriptive Marks:

  • Mole from of breast
  • Dots left forearm
  • Scar left wrist

The above named man is discharged in consequence of the termination of his first period of engagement.

Conduct and character whilst with the Colours have been according to the records etc.: Very Good

He is in possession of the following Good Conduct Badges: Three

Medals and Decorations:

  • India Medal with Clasp “Samana” 1895 [sic]
  • India Medal with Clasp “Relief of Chitral” 1895
  • Entitled to South African Medal 1899 V:

Certificate of Education: Second Class

Service towards Engagement to 30 Sep 1901 (the date to which the Record of Service is completed) 13 years – days

The discharge of the above-named man Is hereby confirmed.

(Place) Newport MM

(Date) 30th September 1901

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 9471 Royal Garrison Artillery Name Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Service towards limited engagement reckons from 13 November 1901

Joined at Newport MM on 14 November 1901

RGA [Royal Garrison Artillery] Mountain Division, Depot, attached Gunner 13 November 1901

Granted Good Conduct Pay @3 13 November 1901

Former Service in Royal Artillery i.e. 13 Years allowed to reckon towards Pension and 12 Years 251 days towards Good Conduct Pat on re-enlistment under AO 106 of 1900

Depot Forfeited 1d Good Conduct Pay 1 July 1902

RGA Depot Posted Gunner 17 August 1902

Good Conduct Pay Restored Good Conduct Pay at 3d 1 July 1903

Elects RL WT A.O. 66/02 Granted CL 1 S.P. at 7d 1 Apr 1904

Became RGA 4 Battalion, Depot, Gunner 1 March 1907

Granted 4d Good Conduct Badge March 1907

Paid Appointed Acting Bombardier 1 September 1908

Discharged at Great Yarmouth 12 November 1909

Termination of Engagement

Character:- Exemplary

 

Total Service forfeited: NIL

Total Service towards Engagement to 12 Nov 1909 (date of discharge) 8 years – days

Total Service towards Pension to 12 Nov 1909 (date of discharge) 21 years – days

SHORT SERVICE

To Complete 21 Years Service at home or abroad

No. 9471 Royal Garrison Artillery

Name: Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Corps: Royal Garrison Artillery

Name: Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Parish or Town of Birth: Gibraltar

British Subject: Yes

Age: 31 Years 9 Months

Trade: Clerk

Previous Service: Yes, Royal Garrison Artillery discharged on completion of 1st period of limited engagement

Corps willing to ne enlisted in to: Royal Regiment of Artillery Royal Garrison Artillery

Are you willing to service upon the following conditions provided His Majesty should so long require your services to complete 21 years service at home or abroad.

London, 13 day of November 1901

Description of Robert Edwin Cumberledge on Enlistment

Age: 31 years / months

Height: 5 feet 11¾  inches

Weigh 164 lbs

Chest measurement min: 37½ inches maximum: 40 inches

Complexion: Fresh

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Brown

Church of England: Yes

Distinctive Marks:

  • Mole Chest

Reenlistment

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above-named recruit and find that he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

He can see at the required distance with either eye: his heart and lung are healthy: he has the free use of his joints and limbs, and he declares that he is not subject to fits of any description. I consider him fit for the Army.

Date: 13th November 1901

Place: London

Certificate of Primary Military Examination

I hereby certify that the above-named recruit was inspected by me, and I consider him fit for service in the Royal Regiment of Artillery (Royal Garrison Artillery) and that due care has been exercised in his enlistment.

Date: 13th November 1901

Place: London

Certificate of Approving Officer

I certify that his Attestation of the above-named recruit is correct, and properly filled up, and that the required forms appear to have been complied with. I accordingly approve, and appoint him to the ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY (ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY)

Date: 13th November 1901

Place: London

STATEMENT of the SERVICES of No. 9471 Royal Garrison Artillery Name Robert Edwin Cumberledge

See above.

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Home from 13 November 1901 to 12 November 1909 8 Years

Certificates of Education:

  • 3rd Class 12 Mar 1889
  • 2nd Class 14 May 1889

Campaigns:

  • Occupation of Crete 1897
  • Miranzai Expedition 1891
  • Isazai Field Force 1892
  • Chitral Relief Force 1895
  • South Africa 1899

Medals, decorations and annuities:

  • Indian 1854 [India General Service Medal] with “Samana” Clasp 1891
  • Indian 1895 with Clasp for Chitral 1895
  • South Africa Medal 1899 With Clasps Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Relief of Lady Smith & South Africa 1901
  • Long Service & Good Conduct medal (with gratuity) A.O. 254/08

Name and Address of next of kin:

  • Mother, Sarah Cumberledge 58 Hanover Street, Pimlico, London
  • Elder Brother, William, Warder General Prison, Singapore
  • Elder Brother, Frederick, St George’s Hospital, London

 

STATEMENT of the SERVICES if No. S/439398 Name Robert Edwin Cumberledge

Age on Enlistment: 48 years 10 months

Enlisted for Period of the war

General Service Deemed to have enlisted Private 18 April 1918

Called up for service Private 2 November 1918

Army Service Corps Supplies Posted Private 5 November 1918

Army Service Corps RSP [Reserve Supply Personnel] Depot Joined 4 November 1918

Discharged Unit, Crystal Palace Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization Date: 12 Jun 1919 Rank: Private 12 June 1919, Place: Woolwich Dockyard, Address: 126 Crampton Street, Walworth, S.E.

Serial No. 124445
Military Character: Very Good

Home from 2 November 1918

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Name and Address of next of Kin: Jessie Cumberledge 126 Crampton Street, Walworth

Particulars as to Marriage: (a) Christian and Surname of Woman, (b) place and date of marriage, (c) name of officiating Minister or Registrar

  1. Jessie Brodie (Spinster)
  2. Lambeth Register Office 15 August 1916
  3. As above

SHORT SERVICE

ATTESTATION OF No. 68894 Name Robert Edwin Cumberledge, Corps: Royal Artillery, Joined at Woolwich on 3rd October 1888

See above.

Re-enlistment MEDICAL HISTORY of Cumberledge Christian Name: Robert Edwin

Examined: 13th day of November 1901, London

Birthplace: Gibraltar

Age: 31⁹∕₁₂

Trade: Clerk

Height: 5 feet 11¾ inches

Weight: 164

Chest measurement: minimum: 37½ inches maximum: 40 inches

Physical development: Good

Small Pox Marks: None

Vaccinated: Infancy & Adult

Enlisted on 13th day of November 1901 at London

Joined on enlistment: Depot Mountain Division Royal Garrison Artillery

 

Cumberledge, Christian Name: Robert Edwin

Station or Troop Ship: Newport, Date of arrival: 3 September 1898 admitted to hospital 17 December 1898, Discharged from Hospital 22 December 1898, Disease: Gonorrhoea, 6 days in hospital, Recurrence

Special MEDICAL HISTORY of Surname: Cumberledge Christian Name: Robert Edwin

Enlisted 1st October 1888 at London

Birthplace: Gibraltar

Age: 18

Trade: Clerk

Height: 69⁷∕₈

Weight: 131 lbs

Chest: 33 inches

Physical Development: Good

Vaccination Marks: left arm, number: 8

When Vaccinated: Childhood

Re-vaccinated on 11th October 1888, Arm: Left, Number: Two, Result: Failed

On Enlistment Joined:

  • Depot Battery London Division, R.A. Regtl. No: 68894, 3rd October 1888
  • 2 Mountain Battery. S.I. [South Irish] D.[Division] R.A, 22 December 1888
  • No. 3 Mountain Battery Royal Artillery, Regtl. No. 9471/Royal Garrison Artillery, 17 Feb 1890
  • No. 4 Mountain Battery Royal Artillery, Regtl. No. 9471/Royal Garrison Artillery, 14 Nov 1896
  • Discharged 12th November 1909

General remarks as to habits: Regular, Good, Temperate.

 

Cumberledge, Christian Name: Robert Edwin

Woolwich 3rd Oct 1888

Newport 22 Dec 1888 Revaccinated (R3) 28 Mar 1889 Result ‘modified’

Admission to Hospital from 1889 Aug 16 to 1889 Aug 22 Conjunctivitis 7 days in hospital, mild cold zinc coh’

Date of arrival in India 18 Feb 1890

R. [Rawal] Pindi arrived:18 Feb 1891 Examined & found fit for active service

Khyrajali arrived:6 May 1892 Examined for active Service and found fit 8 Sep 1892

Rawal Pindi arrived: 2 Feb 1894 Examined for field service & found fit 20 Mar 1895

Camp Khar arrived 11 Apr 1895 Admitted to Hospital from 11 Apr 1895 to 11 11 Apr 1895 transferred General Field Hospital from 15 Apr 1895 to 3 May 1895 Pyphilis Primary, 23 days in hospital, Contagion mild, mercury

Newport MM, arrived 3 Sep 1898 admitted Hospital from 1 Nov 1898 to 7 Dec 1898 Gonoorhoea 37 days in hospital Contagion sheet stage very medium

 

REVISION, RENEWALS, OF PENSION

Name: R Cumberledge

Chelsea Number: 88110/C

39d a day from 13 Jun 1929

A/O/ 89/44 Increase to £77 3 a yr from 1 Jan 1944 to 31 Dec 1945

15 Jan 1949 A.O. 89/1944 Increase to £77 3 1 Per annum from 1 Jan 1946 to 30 Nov 1946

58/1947 Increase to £83 1 10 Per annum from 1 Dec 1946

 

21 Aug 1952 A.O. 152 increase to 41/10d a week from 1 Oct 1952

A.O.s 58/47 & 111/52

Weekly rate of 41/10 converted to £109 1 10 per annum 24 March 1954