Captain Robert Jacobs

Captain Robert Jacobs of the Royal Army Medical Corps died of wounds on 20th July 1918, aged 39, after an enemy bomb fell on his billet.

He was born in London (his family moved to Solihull between 1901-1911) and he enlisted as a Private in the City of London Sanitary Company two days after the war began. He rose to the rank of Captain within 10 months, and served on the front continuously from his arrival in France on Christmas Day, 1914.

Robert Jacobs’ father, James, died in Spring 1911, so the War Office’s telegram advising of Robert’s death was sent to his mother. She also received a photograph of his grave, marked with a wooden battlefield cross, which was replaced by a Portland Stone memorial in the 1920s/30s.

Photo of Capt Jacobs' grave
Photograph sent to his mother, showing the battlefield cross on his grave (Solihull Library ref.: D3/2)

Captain Jacobs is commemorated on the RAMC in the Great War website.

His family gave his medals, and the next-of-kin memorial plaque and scroll they received to Solihull Central Library, as well as the photo of his grave and the telegram sent to his mother notifying his death. These will all be on display in our forthcoming ‘Solihull Remembers’ exhibition.

If you have any more information about him, we’d be delighted to hear from you – please do let us know (email or phone 0121 704 6977).

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

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