b. 1884 Pollokshields, Renfrewshire. d. 06/07/1918 Glasgow, Scotland.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 26/01/1917 Archangel, Russia.
Robert was the youngest of five children of Peter and Jessie T MacBryde. The family lived at 96 Albert Road in Govan, Glasgow. On the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and reached the rank of Temporary Lieutenant. He served aboard HMS President VI. Following his AM action, he returned to Scotland where tragically he contracted pneumonia, and died on 6th July 1918. He was unmarried at the time of his death.
On the 26th January 1917 a series of fires and explosions occurred at Economia, port of Archangel. When -Captain Twidle arrived on the scene his ship was burning fiercely. On being informed that the Chief Engineer was alive, Captain Twidle climbed on board but found that he was dead. He then examined the other rooms and found a Chinese sailor in a dazed condition. With the assistance of Mr. Martin and Mr. MacBryde this man ‘was got over to the ship’s side across the ice, and eventually to the Red Cross station. About four minutes after the seaman had been removed the vessel blew up.
BURIAL LOCATION: CRAIGTON CEMETERY, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
SECTION C, GRAVE 416.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.