Robert was born in Ayr on 10 October 1887 to William Shankland, a railway porter later a guard, from Durrisdeer and Jane McCririck of Cumnock who had worked for the Boswells of Garrallan for at least 10 years before her marriage.
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Robert emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 1911 on the Sicilian.
He enlisted in Canada on 18 Dec 1914.
He was awarded both the DCM and the VC. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for Passchendaele on 26 Oct 1917.
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He was given the freedom of the Burgh of Ayr.
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He married Annie Stobo Haining in Prestwick in 1920 and by 1921 they were back in Winnipeg. He died in 1968 in Vancouver.
His VC was put up for sale in 2009 but happily was purchased for $240,000 by the Imperial War Museum of Canada.
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He died in Vancouver in 1968.
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