Robert Wagstaff, known as Bob, was the son of Fred and Caroline Wagstaff and before the war lived at 18 Church Street in Oakham. He was born in Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire on 6 December 1895. He was apprenticed to a Mr R Green, a confectioner in Oakham High Street, but was working for a Mr H Gosling, a pastry cook in Wisbech, at the time of his enlistment. He joined up in Oakham on 14 August making him one of the first of "Kitchener's Men." He would have been just 18 years old at this time. Bob joined the 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and went to France in July 1915. He was wounded on the Somme in July 1916, and came back to England to recover. He returned to the front the following November, transferring to the 9th Battalion. He was killed in action by a shell on the 3 May 1917, aged just 21 years old, during the battle for Bullecourt near Arras. He is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial and is also remembered on Oakham's war memorial.
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