Robert Whitelaw was born in Ednam in the County of Roxburgh on 21 July 1885. He was the second youngest of three boys and three girls.
His family moved around the farms of Roxburgh when his father, a Ploughman, obtained new employment. By 1902, the family were living at Smailholm, Roxburghshire and Robert (Senior) was still a Ploughman while his son, now 15, was a Carter.
Robert Whitelaw joined Hawick Burgh Police on 14 August 1906.
In the Census of 1911, he was living with his mother and father at 15 Mansefield Crescent, Hawick. He was 25 and a Police Constable. Living with her parents and family at 17 Mansefield Crescent is Sarah Hodgson, (24), a Woollen Hosiery Sewer.
Robert Whitelaw was a PC in Hawick Burgh Police when he joined the Army in WW1 and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He survived the war and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His Army number as 63643 and he was a Gunner. This is confirmed in his Medal Index Card (MIC).
On 28 March 1919, Robert Whitelaw, (33), a Police Constable of 5 Mansefield Square, Hawick married Sarah Hodgson, (32) a Hosiery Seamer of 17 Mansefield Crescent, Hawick. They were married at 41 High Street, Hawick after Banns according to the Forms of the United Free Church of Scotland.
Robina McBurnie Whitelaw and her sister Margaret Stewart Whitelaw were born on 3 January 1920 at 5 Mansefield Square, Hawick.
Robert Whitelaw was promoted to Sergeant in Hawick Burgh Police on 13 June 1924.
In 1930, Hawick Burgh Police amalgamated into Roxburghshire Constabulary.
PS Whitelaw was awarded the King George V Jubilee Medal in 1935 and this is confirmed in the Medal Roll (under Section 6. Scot.Cy. Rox).
Robert Whitelaw retired from Roxburghshire Constabulary on 26 October 1936 on an annual pension of £196.00.
On 11 January 1967, Robert Whitelaw, (81), a Police Sergeant (Retired), died at 8 Rosevale Street, Hawick. His son-in-law registered the death the next day.
Sarah Hodgson or Whitelaw died in Hawick in 1975 aged 88.
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