Robert Cotton Money

Robert Cotton Money

Rank:Second Lieutenant
Regiment:Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 2nd Battalion
Service Number:85631
Cemetary/Memorial: Oosttaverne Wood Cemetary (IV.BB.6.)
Awards:1939-1945 Star
1939-1945 War Medal

Born on 25th April 1919, Second Lieutenant Money died on 27th May 1940, aged 21 at Dunkirk whilst attempting to rescue a wounded school friend.

Son of Major-General Robert Cotton Money, CB, MC (1888-1985) and of Daphne Dorina Money (nee Gartside Spaight, 1890-1968) of Bovingdon Green, Hertfordshire.

Brother to Felicity Daphne Dorina (1925-2011) and Sophie Ernle.

Robert was a pupil at St Ronan’s from 1927 to 1932. He earned his Swimming Stars and came top of the General Knowledge Paper in 1931 and 1932. He was confirmed in the school chapel in 1932. He returned to visit the school in 1935.

He went on to Wellington, having come third out of 60 candidates. He gained a scholarship, one of only seven awarded.

Whilst at Wellington (1932-7), Robert was in the Hardinge dormitory where he was a Prefect. He was described as a quiet boy, wrapped up in his books and field sports.

He passed top of his class, gaining a Scholarship to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1937. He joined the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in 1939. He was listed as missing in 1940.

On May 27th, 1940, during the retreat on Dunkirk, he heard that a friend in the Hardinge had been left behind seriously wounded. Towards dusk against advice and orders he set out to look for him and from that journey Robert Money did not return.

Second Lieutenant Money is also commemorated on a family memorial in St Bartholomew's church, Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

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