Robert Lembeth (poss Lambirth) King


Robert Lembeth (poss Lambirth) King


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Dorsetshire Regiment
6th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


V. B. 17.

UK Memorials

Barkway Village Memorial
St Mary Magdalene Church Memorial, Barkway
Nuthampstead Plaque, St Mary Magdalene Church, Barkway

Pre War

Only son of Tim and Ellen King, of Branksome, Poole, Dorset. Was for several years a Captain in the Church Army. Home address was 90 Church Hill Road, Upper Parkstone, Dorset. He was 5’ 7” with a 36 ½ chest. He was not married. He was examined for service in Barley (the next village to Barkway) 14/11/1914 and enlisted in Royston 17/11/1914. When he enlisted he was recorded as a resident of Upper Parkstone, Dorset.

Wartime Service

Dorchester 17/11/1914 to 1/12/1914 and moved to Wareham 2/12/1914 presumably for training. Robert embarked for France 13/7/1915. He was appointed to Lance Corporal (unpaid) 1/3/1916, but caught influenza in the field and was admitted on the 12/3/1916, but returned to duty the next day. Thirteen days later he was appointed to Lance Corporal (paid). His service was not totally blemish free as he was reprimanded for neglect of duty in the field while acting as orderly serjeant on 12/4/1916. He may also have been demoted. On the 28/6/1916 he was admitted to hospital, again with influenza and was transferred to Rouen two days later. His was discharged on 3/7/1916 and attached to the 1st Wiltshire Regiment 20/7/1916 in the field. With them, on 1/6/1916, he was appointed acting Corporal. Robert was wounded in the abdomen while in action on 24/8/1916. He was hospitalised on the next day and sadly died in Abbeville on the 29th.

Additional Information

Some of his effects were returned to his mother, but she wrote enquiring about his brown leather purse and his wallet containing photographs. Service record is available


Paul Johnson, Adrian Pitts