Robert Weston Jesson DCM - Rugby
Service No: 251
Date of Death: 20/01/1916
Regiment/Service :Royal Field Artillery 5th Warwick Bty. 4th South Midland Bde.
Awards: D C M
Grave Reference: I. N. 19.
Cemetery: HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY
Son of James and Sarah Jane Barratt Jesson, of Spring House, East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
From research by Amanda Slater:
ROBERT WESTON JESSON DCM, Corporal 251, 5th Warwick Bty. 4th South Midland Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died on Thursday 20 January 1916 . Age 21 . Son of James and Sarah Jane Barratt Jesson, of Spring House, East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France 1N19
He was born Jan 1895 at East Langton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire In the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is living in East Langton, Leicestershire with his parents and siblings. In 1911 he is aged 16 – at school – living with his with parents James 52 (butcher and grazier), Sarah Jane Barrett Jesson 56, and his siblings Thomas 27 (working on land), Mary Elizabeth 21, William Hedley 20 (assistant butcher), Alfred Neal 18 (school), Margaret Ellen 15 and also Annie Maude 27 (his cousin)
He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery in Rugby at the age of 18, on 19th June 1913. He gave his address as 130, Bath Street, Rugby and his occupation as a ‘Wireman’.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on the 14th January 1916. He learned of his award only the day before he was shot and killed by a sniper.
Citation of the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
251 Corporal R W Jesson, 1/4th South Midland (Howitzer) BDE., R.F.A., T.F. (LG 11 Mar. 1916). For conspicuous gallantry and good work in laying and maintaining telephone wires, often under heavy fire.
He was also awarded the Allied Victory Medal 1914 - 19, the British War Medal 1914 - 18 and the Star Medal 1914 - 15.
His death is recorded in Frank West’s Diary 1915 – 1916 4th South Midland (Howitzer) Brigade. https://sites.google.com/site/4thsouthmidlandbrigade/Home/frank-west-s-diary-1915-1916
Saturday 1st. Went over to Flying Ground at Marieux to see their practice range.
Sunday 2nd. Put out a dummy section where we used to have guns.
Mon 3rd. Went over to 5th battery pits in the plain, and hated bitterly.
Tuesday 4th. Stayed in to nurse a rubbed leg.
Wed 5th. Rode over to Bus [sic] to get Arnold a commission. Arranged about getting new 4.5 guns.
Thurs 6th. Drew new guns, complete with sights, having fought hard to get these, even to refusing the new guns without
Fri 7th. Went and saw the new guns. poured in the afternoon so that Corps Bombardment was postponed.
Saturday 8th. Had a little bombardment both near Fonquevillers and opposite La Louviere, the heavies helping.
Sunday 9th January. Went and saw all the harness and suggested cleaning it as a whole and not just if the driver likes.
Mon 10th. Inspected and encouraged gun drill with the new toy. Not so bad considering.
Tuesday 11th. Got the other new guns in
Wed 12th. Fired them with fair success
Thurs 13th. Had a bombardment with 5th battery, getting gunfire 15 secs.
Fri 14th. Went over to Marieux to hear a lecture about the Administration at Loos Battle went down trenches with a sapper to arrange about building observation station.
Saturday 15th examined Ger [?German] country for back wire. A very clear day so I saw a lot.
Sunday 16th January. Watched Anderson [Willie Anderson] and Withers shooting at Bois Rossignol and La Louviere.
Mon 17th. Went over to army HQ to hear Budworth on the artillery at Loos
Tues 18th..General Nicholson to an observation station to watch 5”[?] shoot at Gommecourt Wood.
Wednesday 19th. Disturbed during the night by Minniewerfer firing at Warwicks.
Thurs 20th. Corporal Jesson shot in the head while walking in the village and buried.
Jesson Robert Weston of East Langton Leicestershire corporal South Midland Howitzer Brigade died 20 January 1916 in action in France. Administration Leicester 10 May to James Jesson farmer. Effects £150 1s.
Coventry Diocesan Guild
Rugby, Warwickshire St Andrew
Sunday, 17 January 2016 in 2h 59m (25 cwt)
5040 Stedman Triples
Composed by F H Dexter (No. 2)
1 Michael J Dew
2 Christopher J Idle
3 S Clarke Walters
4 Christine F Homer
5 Anthony E Gillias
6 Desmond L Jones
7 William R Haynes (C)
8 Catherine Jamieson
Rung to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Cpl. Robert Weston Jesson DCM ,
a ringer at this tower, who was killed in action at the Western Front on 20th January 1916.
Rugby, Warwickshire St Andrew
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 in 0:49 (24)
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 Ann Jackson
2 Diana Butcher
3 John Slack
4 John Goddard
5 Julian G Edgson
6 Christine F Homer (C)
7 Desmond L Jones
8 S Clarke Walters
Rung on the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert W. Jesson DCM,
the only member of the Rugby band to be killed in action during World War 1.