WWI sailor laid to rest

British WWI Sailor Finally Laid To Rest

Able Seaman James Cameron Robertson was honoured at Orchard Dump Cemetary in France.

WWI sailor laid to rest

A Royal Navy sailor who died during the First World War has been laid to rest in France.

Able Seaman James Cameron Robertson was buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Orchard Dump Cemetery.

The Navy provided the bearer party and the 12-person firing party for the ceremony.

AB Robertson served in Gallipoli and France during his military career.

He lost his life on 28 April 1917 aged 28 while fighting for Anson Battalion in the village of Gavrelle.

WWI sailor laid to rest
AB Robertson's nephew, Frank Treasurer was at the service.

For more than a century the sailor's final resting place was unknown to his family.

During construction work near Gavrelle remains were uncovered, along with items including uniform and shoulder titles.

AB Robertson was officially identified after a DNA test confirmed him as a match for his nephew, Frank Treasurer, who attended the service in France. He said:

"Today was a sad and poignant day, however it was also a celebration of James and his comrades’ courage and bravery.

"We were very glad to be here today to witness him finally being laid to rest."

AB Robertson service

Warrant Officer First Class Darren Wearing led the Royal Navy for the service:

"It was an absolute honour and a privilege to have been part of today’s proceedings.

"I’m proud that I have been able to lay a fellow sailor to rest along with all his other shipmates.

"I’m extremely proud of all my staff and Naval Ratings that took part today, they ensured that James had the best send-off possible in the high standards and traditions of the senior service."