The Jalland family did not originate in Wymeswold, but in the nearby village of Old Dalby. However, Robert’s father had made his way to London, where he was a policeman, and Robert was born in Catford, in 1894. He was educated there, at the Red Coat School in the Mile End Road. The family was upwardly mobile, and by 1911, Robert was working as a clerk, and his father had been promoted to sergeant. The family seems to have relocated to Wymeswold in the first half of the war, possibly because Robert’s father had retired. Wymeswold was a good choice as Robert’s uncle had married there (to one of the Hubbard girls) in 1901, and set up a butcher’s business.
Robert joined up in during the rush to the colours in September 1914, and was sent to the 8th Battalion, Leicestershire regiment. He survived the battles of the Somme in 1916, and the Scarpe in 1917, and was sent for officer training at the end of that year. 2nd Lieutenant Jalland was sent to the 6th Battion Leicestershire Regiment in April 1918. The battalion fought its way across the old Somme battlefields, crossing the Albert-Bapaume road on 25th August. It was then, or maybe the next day, that according to the family, he was shot by a sniper, probably near Eaucourt-L’Abbaye. It is likely that he was buried in Hexham Wood cemetery (the nearest cemetery), but that he was moved to Warlencourt Cemetery when the smaller burial sites were concentrated into the main cemeteries.