Baldwin, Robert Crisp

Dates: 1871-1918

War Service: Robert Crisp Baldwin served as a Driver with the 184th Brigade Royal Field Artillery and his service number was L/38480. He died on 11th July 1918, aged 47.

Location of Memorial: He is buried in Brockley cemetery, where his name is recorded on the screen wall listing those whose graves have no headstone.

Details: Robert Crisp Baldwin was born on 17th February 1871 to Robert and Emma Baldwin. In 1881 he was recorded living at 3 Bluchers Buildings, Greenwich with his parents and his siblings; John, William,Mary and Harriet.

He married Eliza Pike on 17 February 1890 at St James the Great, Bethnal Green.

In 1911 he was recorded living at 40 Alvar Street, Deptford with his wife Eliza. He was employed as a labourer for the borough council. By 1911 they had five sons; Robert, William, James John, John and George, and three daughters; Emma, Eva and an unnamed daughter, possibly called Dorcas Rosina. Four children, Charles, Frank Ernest, Annette Daisy and Jesse Catherine, had already died by the time the census was taken.

He enlisted into the army on 7th August 1915. His residence at this time was 108 Church Street, Deptford. He was described as being 5ft 3 inches tall, weighing 119 lbs with dark hair, hazel eyes and a sallow complexion.

During his time in the army he had suffered from bronchitis and had spent 20 days in hospital. He was discharged on 28th December 1916 due to being physically unfit for service.

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Jackie Sellars

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