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19155   Private Robert Alexander McDonald
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/04/1888
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Robert Alexander McDonald was the son of Robert and Mary McDonald. He was born on 25th April 1888 in Tyanee, Upperlands, County Londonderry. The 1901 census lists Robert as age 12 living with the his aunt and uncle in Tyanee. Robert married Ellen Wallace in October 1908 They had a son, Robert William. Robert was an agricultural labourer and Ellen was an embroiderer. Private Robert McDonald was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 4D-5B
CWGC Casualty 802563
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 24
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Robert McDonald 1901 census lists Robert as age 12 living with relatives at house 15 in Tyanee, Claudy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McDonald family 1911 census lists Bob Alexander as age 23 living with his family at house 30 in Tyanee, Clady, Londonderry
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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