Robert Louis Dickman (1909-1942) served in the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment during World War Two and fought in the Western Desert Campaign (Libya). He was assigned to Unit “A” Coy. He died at the age of 33 years of wounds received during an air attack on the "A" Coy, in the vicinity of the Libyan town of Acroma when the “A” coy was attacked by 3 enemy aircraft at about 14:00 p.m.on the 11th February 1942. He died of wounds to his thigh and foot in 62 General Hospital. The town of Acroma was one of the towns where the British Eighth Army advanced fueling stations and airfields were located. His death notice states that he was killed in action near Gazala, Cyreneica. He is buried in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya
Robert Louis Dickman was the son of David and Esther Dickman (nee Zeppa) of 70 Upper Mill Street, Cape Town. He was survived by his mother, and siblings Gertrude Ellert (nee Dickman), Philip Dickman, Freda Dickman, Harold (Harry) Charles Dickman, Reuben Dickman and Rebecca Dickman. His profession was that of a salesman and he was unmarried..
A number of soldiers serving in the Cape Town Highlanders died during this attack. They included Louis Jacob Steinberg (1916-1942), son of Joseph Meyer and Flora Steinberg, of 1 Glen Court, Maitland, Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in Paarl, Cape Province and was a Commercial Artist for Ackermans Ltd.
[Source: SA War Graves Project].