World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

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Robert Atkinson Huggup (N.B. Served as Atkinson)

Robert Atkinson

Huggup (N.B. Served as Atkinson)


Service Number:

Sergeant Instructor

Canadian Expeditionary Force (Vancouver Regiment), 103rd Battalion



Vancouver (Ross Bay) Cemetery, British Columbia, Canada

Service History:
CWGC records reveal Huggup served as Atkinson.

When war broke out Huggup conducted physical training classes & arrived in Victoria to join the 50th Gordon Highlanders, Canada. Also, formerly held a commission as Lieutenant in the 2nd Northumberland Artillery Volunteers before emigrating, his father's regiment.

Transferred to the 103rd Battalion when that unit was organised. The role of this unit was to raise & train recruits for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Under the mobilisation scheme in place the 103rd was not required to go overseas as a unit of its own. Huggup was an Instructor Sergeant at the time of his death.

Contracted Pneumonia over several days during a very cold spell while clearing the streets of snow with other members of the battalion. After only a few days in hospital he succumbed - cause of death recorded as Bronchitis.
(Source: 'Portraits of War...'; Edited & compiled by June Watson; Wildgoose Press; 2016; p. 86)

Born on 4 July 1881, at Low Hedgley, Eglingham, Northumberland, the eldest son of Robert Huggup, of 33, Wingrove Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Huggup's father previously farmed Low Hedgley, Eglingham & Shield Dyke Farm, Longframlington. He became a Land Agent & Valuer in Newcastle. He also served as a Major in the 2nd Northumberland Artillery Volunteers.

Emigrated to Canada as Robert Huggup, age 25, from Liverpool outward-bound on the 'Empress of Britain', arriving at St. John, New Brunswick on 5 January 1907. He had $700 in his possession on arrival, & his profession is listed incorrectly as Mechanic - the 1901 Census records it as Architect.

Spent some time in Idaho, USA before settling in British Columbia & taking up employment as an Architct at Vancouver.
(Source: 'Portraits of War...'; Edited & compiled by June Watson; Wildgoose Press; 2016; p. 86)

Local Memorial:
Warkworth War Memorial, by St Lawrence's Church