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13890   Private Robert Sands
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/12/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 08/05/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Robert Sands was the son of William and Ellen Sands, Urbal, Coagh, Cookstown. Before joining the army, Robert was a member of Coagh Company of Ulster Volunteers, and was a member of Drumconvis LOL 794 and acted as Chaplain there. He had one other brother on active service with the army. Robert was killed in action on the night of 7th/8th May 1916, soon after a successful trench raid against the enemy.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Authuile Military Cemetery (Authuille)
  Authuile, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave D-45
CWGC Casualty 599038
Authuile (now Authuille), is a village 5 Kms north of Albert. Authuile Military Cemetery is on the south side of the village. The Cemetery is signposted on the main road (D159) through the village.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
2 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 2 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 114
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Sands Family 1901 Census lists Robert as age 8 at house 10 in Aghaveagh, Coagh
2 1911 Census lists Sands family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 3 in Urbal, Coagh, Tyrone
3 Corporal Mitchell Sent a letter of sympathy to Robert's sister
4 John McMullan Died on same night under heavy bombardment
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Robert Sands
6 Robert Little Died on same night under heavy bombardment