Project Description

GERALD ALFRED ROBOTHAM 1899–1985

G Rowbotham ed

Born 26th January 1899 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 21st February 1899 at All Hallows Church, Gedling (residence Carlton)

Married 1925 to Nancy Marshall. Son, John

Died in 1985

1901 Census

Age 2 living on Shelford Road with father, who is a railway clerk, mother Rosalie, described as a British subject born in Germany. Her maiden name was Jummel. He had a sister, Muriel born  26.5.1900. The family had a cook Ann Brundell and a servant Lizzie Hale.

1911 Census

Age 12 living at Cedar House on Shelford Road, with father Alfred Ernest Robotham, a perambulator manufacturer (mother died 1908), grandmother Hannah, aunt Kate, who was the housekeeper, and two sisters Muriel 10 and Vera 8 born 29.6.1902. He is at school.

Military Service

Rank: Private, then flight cadet

Service Number: 248907 (Royal Naval Air Service)

Military Unit: Royal Air Force from 31.1.1918. Formerly Royal Flying Corps (RFC) age 18 years and 7/12ths.

Previous service Notts Officer Training Corps, occupation toy maker. Height 5ft 11ins, chest 29 ins.

5.9.17: Attested RFC

1.4.18: Transferred from RFC to RAF

11.6.18: Appointed flight cadet

29.8.18: From reserve depot to 12 Group

16.10.18: From 12 Group to 59 Wing

9.11.18: From 59 Wing to Group Pool

11.11.18: From Group Pool to Royal Naval College

14.11.18: From Royal Naval College to Group 12

12.3.19: From Group 12 to demobilisation  at Blandford Dispersal Centre

Theatre of War: remained in training in UK to be a ‘miscellaneous aviator’

Medals Awarded: did not serve abroad so not entitled to campaign medals

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll

Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

Father’s company in Wrights Directories

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Shelford Road

Household: Living with father Alfred Ernest Robotham.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Cedar House, Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Works manager Paper box manufacturer

Special constable Notts County

Household: living with Winifred Robotham (born 13th November 1892), director of retail pram store, sisters Muriel, house keeper and Vera, director of retail pram store, Henry Hunter, auctioneers servant, Edgar Marshall, commercial traveller, edible oil, Annie Marshall, unpaid domestic duties (parents-in-law).

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent