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21073   Lance Corporal Robert McIlrath
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/08/1896
Died: 21/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 21
Robert McIlrath was the son of Sam and Martha McIlrath. He was born on 31st August 1896 near Kilrea. They were a farming family, living on the Magherafelt side of Kilrea. Robert McIlrath enlisted in Kilrea. Lance Corporal Robert McIlrath was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 21st March 1918. He was 21 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial
  Albert, Somme
Grave Ref: Panel 38-40
CWGC Casualty 1584822
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
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 69
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists McIlrath family 1911 census lists Robert as age 14 living with the family at house 2 in Dullaghy, The Grove, Londonderry
2 Australian Roll of Honour Roll of Honour - Lance Corporal Robert McIlrath
3 Garvagh and Aghadowey 1914-1918 Details of Lance Corporal Robert McIlrath including photo
4 Kilrea War Memorial Robert McIlrath listed on Memorial
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023