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19818   Rifleman Robert John Watt
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 20/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 29/02/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Robert John Watt was the son of Mrs Agnes Watt. He was born in County Antrim about 1886. Prior to the war, Robert John Watt worked in Antrim. He was a member of the UVF in Antrim. Robert was married to Elizabeth Ann Watt. Robert John Watt enlisted in Antrim at the outbreak of the war. He gave his address as Ballyclare. Rifleman Robert John Watt was serving with the No 12 Platoon of the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Tuesday 29th February 1916. He was killed by shrapnel when a shell exploded while he was standing outside the door of his billet in Mesnil.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Mesnil Ridge Cemetery
  Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave I-5
CWGC Casualty 613564
Mesnil-Martinsart is a commune in the Department of the Somme, on the right bank of the Ancre, between Albert and Beaumont-Hamel.
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1 1901 Census lists a Robert J Watt Possible 1901 census listing Robert J as age 14 a servant at house 30 in Carmagrim, Portglanone, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Watt family 1911 census lists Robert John as age 23 living with the family at house 60 in Portglenone (part of), Antrim
3 Ballymena 1914-1918 Details of Rifleman Robert John Watt
4 Ballymena Weekly War 1916 Weekly War, March 1916, Rifleman Robert John Watt including photo
5 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Rifleman Robert John Watt including photo
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman Robert John Watt can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Robert John Watt's grave can be purchased here
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