The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Regimental Sergeant Major R Rankin


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Regimental Serjeant Major Robert RANKIN, G/1219, 8th  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 29th May 1918, age 23.

Born St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, Scotland, son of Malcolm and Barbara Rankin, of 3, Orwell Place, Edinburgh, Scotland

Enlisted Edinburgh, Scotland.

Buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, V. C. 1., France.

AWARDS: DCM & Bar


London Gazette 1st January 1917.

War Office, 1st January 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the under mentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1st January, 1917: 

AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL.

1219 Company Serjeant Major  R. Rankin, Royal West Kent Regiment

London Gazette 13th February 1917.

With reference to the announcement of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medals in the Honours Supplement to the London Gazette, dated 1st January, 1917, the following are the acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been awarded :

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has performed good work throughout. On one occasion he handled three platoons with great courage and determination.

London Gazette 3rd September 1918.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during enemy attacks. He did invaluable work in assisting and organising defensive positions. Throughout heavy fighting he showed untiring energy and fine courage. Thanks to him the men in the forward posts were never short of ammunition.


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