Major General Robert Cotton Money M.C. (1888 - 1985)

Robert Cotton Money was born in 1888 and after leaving Sandhurst joined The Cameronians as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1909. Known as ‘Robin’, Money served with the regiment during the First World War, where his photography skills brought his experiences vividly to life. Taken using a small folding Kodak camera carried on his belt, his photographs show The Cameronians’ arrival in France, as well as fighting in Mons, Marne, the Aisne and Flanders. Unlike ‘official’ photographs from the front lines, his images are remarkable for revealing a very personal aspect of the War. The photographs were sent to Glasgow to be developed, where they appeared in many newspapers at the time.

Money made steady progress through the ranks and at the end of December 1914, was one of only two officers in the regiment to be awarded the new honour of the Military Cross. He was also mentioned in Dispatches during his War Service. While Captain and Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, he was wounded on the 9th May 1915 following a day of heavy shell fire, but later recovered and resumed his service.

By 1931, Money was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Battalion, and in September of that year he took the 1st Battalion to Lucknow. There the Battalion’s duties covered internal security, particularly communal disorders. This began his links with India, as he later commanded the Lucknow Infantry Brigade (1936 -1939) and served as District Commander in India (1942 – 1944).

In 1944 Money retired from the army and worked for the Ministry of Transport before fully retiring in 1952. He was twice married, first in 1917 to Daphne Spaight (known as ‘Brownie’). They had two children, Felicity and Robert (known as Robin or Roy). Roy was killed during the Second World War at Dunkirk in 1940, and Daphne died in 1968. In 1978, Money married for a second time to Evelyn M. Grosstephen.

He died in 1985.

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Major Money in Cameronian (Scottish rifles) uniform, around 1914-15

Major Money in Cameronian (Scottish rifles) uniform, around 1914-15.

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Money in the trenches 1914

Acting Captain Money in the trenches on 15th November 1914.

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Money and wife Daphne in India

Robert Money with wife Daphne in India, 1930s.