Harrogate Herald - 24th October 1917
Roll of Honour
Private Robert Stanley Bland (West Yorks), who has been
killed in action, was the third son of Mr & Mrs E Bland,
Princess Road, Ripon. He joined the colours in March, 1915, and was
sent to France in September of the following year, and was only
recently home on leave. Educated at the Cathedral Schools, he was
afterwards apprenticed to the butchering business, and was, at the
time of enlistment, with the Argenta Meat Company in Harrogate. He
was 26 years of age, and leaves a widow and one child. Mrs Bland
has received a letter from the chaplain of the regiment, in which he
says Private Bland was taken to the dressing station
seriously wounded but conscious, and after sending the messages Private
Bland gave him for his friends, he says : "I don't know how
to express my sincere sympathy with you in your bitter grief. He was
such a fine fellow and a noble example to all in the battalion. His
officer was devoted to him and admired him for his sterling
qualities. His pluck, courage, and sense of duty were extraordinary.
he had been given permission to go to the transport lines as he had
not been well. He would therefore have avoided going into danger,
but he felt his duty was to go with his officer and not to shirk his
duties, dangerous though they were".
In Memory of
ROBERT STANLEY BLAND
Private 27920 9th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince
of Wales's Own) who died on Monday, 1st October 1917. Age 26.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bland, of Princess
Rd., Ripon; husband of Erica E. Bland, of 23, Ashfield Rd.,
BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Grave Reference/Panel Number:
IV. I. 35.