Robert was the elder son of Mr John Mason French, of Boscombe. Born in 1893, he came to the Dragon 1904 as a day boy and left in 1907. He was in the Football XV 1906, won Colonel Childe’s prize for general improvement 1907, and was elected to a Scholarship at Blundell’s School, Tiverton. There he got his Field Colours, became Head of the London Matriculation Division of the School, and was a School Monitor. He matriculated at London University, and became a Law Student and passed the Law Society’s Intermediate Examination in 1914.
Being keenly interested in military matters, he obtained a commission in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1911. On the outbreak of the war he was attached to the 2nd Battalion of his regiment, which he joined in France during the retreat from Mons, and served with them until September 1915, taking part in the battles of the Marne and the Aisne and other engagements. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in February 1915. He was severely wounded at Hulluch (battle of Loos) on the 25th September 1915, and died, in the Empire Hospital, Westminster, of his wounds on the 19th February 1916.
Robert is buried in the Bournemouth East Cemetery.