What’s in a name: researching Robert Ivermee (1888-1916)

The Boys on the Plaque

What’s in a name: researching Robert Ivermee (1888-1916) by Research Volunteer Lyn Turpin

As one of the volunteer researchers on the Boys on the Plaque project, I selected Robert Ivermee to research as I had already come across his name in conjunction with the four Pimm brothers I was researching. In 1910, Robert had married Alice Dorcas Pimm, sister of Charles, Fred, Harry and Mark Pimm and stepsister of Harry Nye – all men whose names also appear on the plaque.

I hadn’t realised when I started the research just how many questions the documents relating to Robert would raise or how many variations of ‘Ivermee’ I would uncover. The first mystery (spotted also by his grandson, Roger Ivermee) is why he is listed as Private Robert Ivermee on the plaque when the few army records which survive show that, at the time of his death, Robert was a Corporal…

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