Educated at Fulneck school, his father and uncle owned Salters & Salters - the successful boot manufacturers based on Cemetery Road next door to what became Wilkinson & Warburton. He was also the nephew of Alderman Joseph Huggan, who as Mayor had brought the tram system to Pudsey town centre.
On August 26th 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, Robert led his section of the 7thBattalion Leeds Rifles in a charge across no-mans land from which he didn’t return.“Roddie” is buried at Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille near Thiepval. He is also named on the family grave in Pudsey Cemetery.
Sadly his cousin Thomas Huggan was killed on an RFC training flight in 1917, he is buried in the family tomb in Pudsey Cemetery.