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Stamford, Lincolnshire
Father: George Cator, born 1846 at Ashill, Norfolk and working as a drayman. Mother: Sarah, born 1849 at Kirby, Essex. He had three brothers; George, born 1870 at Lambeth, Harry, born 1872 at Westminster and Edward, born 1882 at Stamford, Lincolnshire. The family lived at 10 Gas Street, Stamford, but by the age of 12 years Robert was boarding with Edward with a Mr. & Mrs. Merryshaw at Uffington, Lincolnshire. By 1901 he had moved again and was lodging at 123 Fitzroy Square, St. Pancras, London. When he joined the army Harry Cator became his next of kin, and he lived at 7 Agnes Street, Meadows, Nottingham.
Robert Cater worked as a plumber before becoming a professional soldier.
18 Sep 1914
878063 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Cpl. Cator was with the battalion at Aldershot when war broke out. The battalion embarked from Southampton on August 12, 1914 on the S.S. "Agapenar," and arrived at Le Havre the next day. The battalion took part in the Great Retreat, but began to advance again on September 6, 1914, crossing the Marne three days later. The men crossed the Aisne on September 18th and were heavily involved in the fighting, especially the attack on Troyon. Over 500 men became casualties, including Cpl. Cator who was killed in action on that day His body was never recovered, but his name was commemorated on the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial.
Cpl. Cator was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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