Bridge of Weir

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205986 Gunner Robert Moodie Browning

26th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

died of wounds 13th September 1918

aged 32

Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-Les-Cagnicourt
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Kilbarchan Cemetery

Son of James Robert Browning and Marjory MacGraw
Dunardrie, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Robert Moodie Browning was born on 10th June 1886 in Bridge of Weir, the eldest of a family of four born to James Robert Browning, a picture frame maker from Kilbarchan and Marjory MacGraw, from Fortingal, Perthshire, who had married in Glasgow on 16th September 1884.

In 1891 James (34), Marjory (34), and their first three children Robert, James and Marjory were living in Gryffe Place, Bridge of Weir. Marjory's mother, Marjory MacGraw (ms MacDonald) (69) of Logierait, Perthshire, was also resident with her occupation noted as manufacturer.

By 1901 the Browning family, including Marjory's mother (79), were visiting Neva Place, Bridge of Weir, the home of Marjory Browning (70), the mother of James. They may have been lodging there between homes but three Marjory's in the same household, albeit temporarily, is an unusual consequence. James's infant child Marjory had died at the age of 20 months in 1893. James and son Robert (14) were picture framers. James junior and a 7-year-old Jane were at school.

In 1911, the family was living in Dunardrie, an 8-roomed house in Kilbarchan Road, Ranfurly, Bridge of Weir. James and both sons were in the family picture frame business, with Robert (24) employed as a clerk and James junior as a commercial traveller. Mother-in-law Marjory was 89 years old.

Robert M Browning served as a Signaller in the Royal Garrison Artillery, which had the big guns located many miles behind the infantry lines.

Gunner Browning's Medal Index Card does not record when he first joined the theatre of war but he was not awarded the 1914 -15 Star. He died of wounds on 13th September 1918 and is buried in Hendecourt-Les-Cagnicourt between Arras and Cambrai in the Pas de Calais, France. The village had been captured by the 57th (West Lancashire) and 52nd (Lowland) Division on the night of the 1st-2nd September, 1918.


1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age
Robert M4 Robert M14Robert24 Bridge of Weir
James M2 James M12James22 Bridge of Weir
Marjory M7 mo Bridge of Weir
Jane7Jane17 Bridge of Weir


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