Robert Nash McNEUR


Regiment:              
Royal Scots Fusiliers, A. Coy., 1st/4th Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Sergeant 6654  

Born:                      
04 July 1891 at Lily Bank, Fairlie  

Died:                        12 July 1915; Gallipoli, Turkey  

Other:                     
Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey
                                Brother of William McNeur


ROBERT NASH MCNEUR
was born 04 Jul 1891 at Lily Bank, Fairlie to parents Alexander McNeur, yacht draughtsman, and Annie Kirk Fraser (who married in Govan, Glasgow on 8 Jul 1889).  He was reported missing in action at Gallipoli on 12 Jul 1915, and a year later was concluded to have been killed on that date.  He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey and the Fairlie War Memorial, and named on the family stone in Largs Cemetery (inscription reads “killed in action at Gallipoli”).  

In the 1901 Census, Robert, aged 9, is living at Hawthorn Cottage, Fairlie with parents Alexander (37, b. Port Glasgow, yacht draughtsman) and Annie (29, b. England), and siblings Alex (10) and Wm. (4).  The rest of the family are at Croftend, Fairlie in the 1911 Census, but Robert isn’t with them.  Prior to the war, Robert was employed as an engineering draughtsman by Andrew Barclay Sons & Co., Caledonia Works (Kilmarnock), with whom he served his apprenticeship.    


SERVICE DETAILS     
Named on the Largs & Millport Weekly News Roll of Honour of enlisted men printed 21 Nov 1914 and the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed Dec 1914 (MacNeur, Sergt. Robert, Croftend, Fairlie, R.S.F.).   His medal index card shows the first theatre of war entered was the Balkans on 06 Jun 1915; the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 14 Aug 1915 that his battalion had been heavily engaged in hostilities ever since it had landed in June.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals.  

After he was posted missing on 12 Aug 1915, Robert’s father advertised in the local press, asking for news of him.  One soldier wrote that “according to what I hear Bob McNeur was wounded but I don’t think it is any way serious”, although he says that “the 12th July was a terrible day for the Fusiliers”.  Another says, “We gained our objective that day of the 12th (three trenches), but large numbers of men went off the direction, and in most cases must have been cut off by the Turks.  As Bob was on the flank of the attack, I am afraid he must have lost direction and got into one of the parties cut off”.  In a letter home, Fairlie man Ian McLachlan mentioned having been told that Sergt. R. McNeur was missing, and said “I was very sorry to hear it for when I recollect I find that on that date the Turks received a big defeat and I don’t think they had any opportunity to take prisoners”.  

On 29 Jul 1916,  the Largs and Millport Weekly News reported that Robert was officially concluded to have been killed on 12 Jul 1915, but that all that could be ascertained was that “at the battle of Achi Baba his company got as far as the second enemy trench. They left it going in the direction of the third trench, but nothing further is known.”



Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-    

17 October 1914
            
Sergeant R. McNeur, Royal Scots Fusiliers, was home on leave from Stirling over the weekend prior to his leaving for active service.  

8 May 1915                     
Sergeant R. McNeur, Royal Scots Fusiliers, was home for a short furlough and left on Thursday.  He expects to leave shortly for the front.   

14 August 1915              
In The Firing Line:  Mr. Alex McNeur, Croftend House, Fairlie, has received an official intimation that his son, Sergeant Robert McNeur, 5th Royal Scots Fusiliers, is missing since July 12.  The battalion to which Sergeant McNeur belongs has been heavily engaged in the Dardanelles hostilities ever since it landed in June.  We trust news that he is alive will be speedily received.  

28 August 1915              
Mr. & Mrs McNeur are still without any authentic news of their son, Sergeant R. McNeur, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who was returned as missing after the big fight in the Gallipoli peninsula on July 12.  

29 July 1916
                  
Toll Of War:  Mr and Mrs McNeur, Croftend, Fairlie, have received official notice that their son, Sergeant Robert McNeur, RSF, who was reported missing since 12th July, 1915, is now concluded to have been killed on that date.  The only particulars that can be ascertained regarding Sergt. McNeur is that at the battle of Achi Baba his company got as far as the second enemy trench. They left it going in the direction of the third trench, but nothing further is known.




                                                            
    Brothers William (served with the Royal Engineers),
    Robert (died at Gallipoli) and Alexander (exempt
    from service as he was a fireman)


Memorial plaque (above) and scroll (left) – these
were given to the next of kin of all soldiers who
died in the Great War


Pictures courtesy of David McNeur
Letter extract courtesy Liz Gibson



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