Captain Sir Robert Filmer 10th Bart. MC

Robert Marcus Filmer was the son of Sir Edmund Filmer, 9th Bart, also a Grenadier Guards officer and MP for West Kent. The family home was at East Sutton Park, Maidstone, Kent. Robert was born on 25th Feb 1878 and inherited the title in 1886. He was educated at Eton an went to Sandhurst. He served in the East Kent Yeomanry and gained a commission in the Grenadier Guards. He was at Omdurman in 1898 and served in the Boer War. He was mentioned in despatches during the 1st World War. On Thursday 27th January, 1916 he died of wounds in the front line trenches with the 4th Battalion. He was aged 37. Apparently he returned to retrieve his pinc-nez spectacles which he had left behind after a spell of duty and was then mortally wounded. In the east window of East Sutton church is a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War. Sir Robert Marcus Filmer MC is depicted in Guards uniform. He never married. He is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery, 20 km southwest of Armentieres.

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