Robert Cruse (1878-1917) - On Land and Sea
Robert Cruse, Weston-super-Mare, c. 1905–1910
Emily Cruse (née Wall), Robert’s wife, Weston-super-Mare, c. 1905–1910
Staff of a Weston-super-Mare restaurant where Robert Cruse worked as a chef (Robert is fifth from the left in the middle row), 14 July 1902
(North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council Heritage Service, 2014)
Robert Cruse fought with A Company, ‘Bristol’s Own’, 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
On Land and Sea
Robert William Cruse was born in Banwell on 1 August 1878. He was an adventurous man and led a varied life before the First World War.
Robert went to sea when very young, travelling around the world several times in the Merchant Navy. He was in port in South Africawhen the Boer War began in 1901 and left his ship to join up and fight.
After the Boer War ended Robert returned to Weston-super-Mare and worked first as a baker and then for the local Post Office. He married Emily Rose Wall on 27 April 1905. They had one daughter named Hilda.