Robert Nimmo was born at either Clyde Row or Peesweep in Auchentibber, on 3rd September 1894. He was the second son of James and Jane Nimmo. He went on to become a solider, but sadly lost his life in North Russia at the tail end of WW1. Private Robert Nimmo was one of 14 local Auchentibber men who lost their lives in this war. His name is remembered on the Auchentibber War Memorial.
When news arrived of his death on 11th November 1918, it was read out to the crowds at the sporting events behind Auchentibber Inn, and added to a roll of honour, listing the dead, which was placed in a visible spot on the quoiting green. This roll of honour was later used as the basis for the plaque, which was to be placed on the War memorial monument. The date of his death was armistice day, although the telegram showed the date of death as Nov 12th. His army records show the cause was unknown but the telegram states he was shot by a sniper. He was part of The Royal Scots regiment protecting the port of Archangel in Russia, and is named on the Archangel war memorial, buried in a mass grave. By the time the Royal Scots arrived at Archangel in August 1918 the Bolsheviks had been kicked out of the port by pro-Allied Russians. Archangel is a port located on the Arctic Circle. The Russian conflict went on for 6 months after the war had ended.
I was recently sent by post, the actual card from Robert Nimmo’s funeral service. It is with thanks to Isabel Fleming of East Kilbride who kindly posted me the card, to support my story.
Pictured also is an amazing photo of the Royal Scots arriving in Archangel, Russia in late August 1918. Robert Nimmo, thousands of miles from home, would have been amongst that battalion , little knowing he would only live for another few weeks.
Pictured also in WW1 is Robert Nimmo. The photo is in a pendant that belonged to his sister Margaret that her daughter Mary McKechnie now has.
Shared also from Gordon Cook are a further 2 pages. One page tells of Robert disembarking in Russia just about a month before being killed, the other tells us about his physical appearance.