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Robert Gerrard was born at Liverpool in 1881, the son of youngest son of John Gerrard and Ellen (nee Partington).
 
Robert had siblings; Mary (b 1859), William (b 1861), Thomas G (b 1862), John (b 1864), Sarah E (b 1871), Samuel (b 1873) and Eliza (b 1875).
 
His parents were both born in Cheshire but were married at St.Peterís C.of E. Church, Liverpool in 1858. His father was a general labourer but in 1881 the family were also running a fish and general provision shop.
 
The Gerrard family lived at Hopwood Street in 1861, 1871 and 1881 and at 30 Harcourt Street, Kirkdale in 1891.
 
In 1901 Robert Gerrard was 21 and was working as a carter. He and his widowed father were making their home at 76 Chesnut Grove, Bootle with Robertís married brother, Samuel Gerrard.
 
In 1911 Robert was still a carter but was boarding with the Darrie family at 22 Bala Street, Bootle.
Robert's service records have not survived but his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front after January 1916.
 
He enlisted in the army at Bootle and was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme.  
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 27th October 1916. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
   Private R. Gerrard (35), K.L.R., who was killed in action on October 12th, joined the Army sixteen months ago, and went to France at the end of July last. He was formerly employed by the Liverpool warehousing Co., and resided with his sister, Mrs. E. Little, at 45, Rhyl Street, Bootle.  

Bootle Times 27th October 1916