Robert Pipe was born on 29 September 1870 in Harleston, Norfolk. He lived at No 2 Hill Terrace, London Road, Harleston. His occupation was a House Decorator and lived with his wife Alice Laura and daughter Ethel Louise. His role at The White House and Caltofts Hospitals was Acting Secretary to the Commandant and duties included help with baths, outside duty, earth closets, coals, woods, pump water etc. He died on 31 May 1928 at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, aged 57.