Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Corporal Robert Isherwood 2232

There were 4 CWGC results for Robert Isherwood, one of them was in the King's Liverpool Regiment and the 'other information' gave his address as Gwendoline Street, very close to St James' church

Robert Isherwood was born in West Derby in 1875 to parents Peter and Mary Ann Isherwood. They lived at 44 Howe St, Bootle and Robert and his sister Florence were baptised together on 26th Sept 1875. Peter Isherwood was a Labourer.

source ancestry.co.uk

In the 1881census the family were living at 44 Howe St, Peter Isherwood was working as a 'lime man'. Robert was 5 years old and it says he was born in Ireland.

In the 1891 census they were living at 58 St John's Road,Bootle. Peter Isherwood was working as a foreman stevedore and Robert, aged 15,was a dock labourer. This census says that he was born in Bootle.

At the time of the 1901 census they were living at 47 Keble Rd. Peter's occupation was joiner and Robert was a carpenter's labourer.

In 1901 Robert Isherwood married Isabella Gutcher in St Matthew's Church, Bootle. Robert was 25 and his address was 6 Miranda Rd. Peter's occupation on the marriage certificate was labourer.

Robert and Isabella's daughter, Isabella Mary, was born on 8th Dec 1902. 
Robert's wife Isabella died on 19th Dec and was buried, aged 25, on 22nd Dec 1902.

Isabella Mary was then baptised twice, first on 29th Dec 1902 in St Paul's North Shore in Liverpool then on 6th Jan 1903 at St John's Church, Bootle. Both were private baptisms. For both baptisms their address was 6 Miranda Rd, Bootle.

16th Dec 1910 Robert's mother died and the national probate calendar of wills shows that she lived at St James Place, Liverpool and left £120 12s to her husband Peter, retired licensed victualler.

In the 1911 census Peter Isherwood was living on his own in Bootle and the house at 15 St James place was now the home of his married daughter Agnes Wood.  Robert and Isabella Mary were enumerated at Agnes's house. This is adjacent to St James Church and explains why he was included on the memorial.  Robert's occupation was Merchant Mariner.


On 11th August 1914, Robert Isherwood volunteered for the Territorial Force. His papers have survived in the pensions collection.

His attestation paper shows that he lived at 69 Windsor St (right by St James Church) He enlisted for 4 years.
Robert was 38 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall.
He was placed in the 7th Battn the King's Liverpool Regiment with the regimental number 2232.
He was examined for field services 3rd Feb 1915 and found fit.
He served with the British Expeditionary Force in France from 07/02/15 to 16/05/15

On 8.5.1915 he was promoted in the field to corporal

On 16th May 1915 Robert Isherwood was reported wounded and missing. It is noted on his military history sheet 'having died on or since 16.05.15'

Several papers in the file show that Robert's daughter Isabella then lived with her aunt Agnes Wood at 69 Windsor Street and Agnes completed the forms to receive Isabella's 'separation allowance' as a motherless child of a deceased soldier.

His medal card (source: ancestry.co.uk)

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

Name:Robert Isherwood
Birth Place:Bootle, Liverpool
Death Date:16 May 1915
Death Location:France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:Bootle
Regiment:King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Battalion:7th Battalion
Type of Casualty:Killed in action
Theatre of War:Western European Theatre

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