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29313   Private Robert McClelland
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/05/1896
Died: 07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Robert McClelland was the son of William and Sarah McClelland. He was born in the Bellaghy area on born 30th May 1896. The family lived in Bellaghy and his father was a farm labourer. Robert McClelland enlisted in Partick, Scotland. He had been living in Scotstown. Private Robert McClelland was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action at Messines on 7th June 1918. He was 21 years old. He is also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial in Londonderry, so it must be presumed he lived there for a time.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
  Mesen, West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Grave II-D-39
CWGC Casualty 482521
Messines Ridge British Cemetery is located 9.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. Nieuwkerkestraat is a right hand turning from the N365 in the town of Mesen. The cemetery lies 250 metres after this right hand turning, on the left hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
2 Bellaghy Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Bellaghy
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 68
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McClelland family 1901 census lists Robert as age 4 living with the family at house 1 in Killyberry, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McClelland family 1911 census lists Robert as age 15 living with the family at house 4 in Edenreagh, Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Robert McClelland
4 Diamond War Memorial Project Minimal information on Private Robert McClelland
5 National Archives UK Medal Card of Private Robert McClelland can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert McClelland's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023