Picture courtesy of the London Medal Co
QSA (4) Relief of Mafeking, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, Transvaal; engraved naming; (LIEUT. R.B. BERGNE. K.R.R.C.);
[ KSA (2) ];
914-1915 Star; (CAPT. R.B. BERGNE. LEINS. R.);
British War Medal and Victory Medal; (MAJOR R.B. BERGNE.)
Robert Brodribb Bergne was born on 8th November 1877 and would serve a period of 157 days with the South Rhodesia Volunteers, before later serving with 9th Battalion – King’s Royal Rifle Corps (North Cork Militia). He would serve in South Africa during the Boer War being present during the Rhodesia operations from 11th October 1899 through to 17th May 1900 including the relief of Mafeking, and then went on to take part in the subsequent operations in Transvaal and Orange Free State. He was accidentally wounded at Colesberg on 15th April 1901. During he campaign he served as an Officer on the Railway Staff.
He would be promoted to Captain on 3rd July 1912. During the Great War, he served as a Captain, later Major with the Leinster Regiment on the Western Front from 19th April 1915. He would be severely wounded at Ypres on 26th April 1915 suffering a gun shot wound to the right, and subsequently being found unfit for 6 months from 14th June 1915. He was specially employed by the War Office from 23rd August to 15th October 1915.
Appointed Brigade Major on 21st October 1915, and then General Staff Officer, 3rd Grade from 3rd April 1916 until 19th December 1916. He would serve as a Brigade Major from 20th December until 22nd March 1917 and then from 11th July 1917 onwards. He would be discharged on 17th February 1919 after 18 years and 363 days service.
He later petitioned for active service during the Second World War writing a letter on the outbreak of war stating that he would like to be considered for employment with a Pioneer Unit, as I have qualifications for this work unit, 3 years articled to a Civil Engineer, Railway Construction Work in Southern Ireland and Portuguese East Africa (Beira Railway). He had been working in Building Construction and Estate Work between the wars, and although he was at the time 62 years of age, he would like the opportunity to have his physical condition tested.
He would later die in Lansdown Grove Nursing Home on 15th April 1945.