16 August 1917 Lt Colonel Sir Robert Benyon Nevill Gunter died on this day

Lt Colonel Sir Robert Benyon Nevill Gunter, Bt, 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards).

Sir Nevill served as a Lieutenant Colonel (graded as a Staff Lieutenant, 1st Class) in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment (Army List for January 1915 dated 8 August 1912). This battalion never served overseas and provided coastal defence duties around the Tees Bay area. Sir Robert was employed on 'Special Duty' in Flanders at the time of his death, probably due to his age (46).

A newspaper article in Sept 1917 states the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his death:

'That he was thrown from his horse by the bursting of a shell, on or about the 8th of August. He was removed to hospital suffering from concussion, from which, later, he appeared to be recovering nicely. On the evening of the 15th he retired to bed, bidding his batman "Good-night," but on the latter going to call him next morning he found Sir Nevill in an unconscious condition. He at once called the hospital doctor, but death took place about five minutes later, and was attributed to a clot of blood on the brain.'


Sir Robert is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West Vlaanderen, Belgium


16 August 1917

Source and image courtesy: Wetherby War Memorial