Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
9214   Private Robert Irwin M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Private Robert Irwin was born and lived in Castledawson. He enlisted in Cookstown and served with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in grave C50 at Y-Ravine Cemetery Beaumont Hamel France. He is commemorated on Castledawson War Memorial,
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Y-Ravine Cemetery
  Beaumont Hamel, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave C-50
CWGC Casualty 2742911
Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre Les Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre Les Puisieux, 3 kilometres further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Auchonvillers. At the crossroads in the village centre, follow the signs for 'Newfoundland Park, Beaumont Hamel'. "Y" Ravine Cemetery is located within the Park.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 298
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Robert Irwin including photo
2 Magherafelt War Dead Also listed on Magherafelt War Dead
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Robert Irwin
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Private Matthew James McAnary M.M. Private McAnary won a Military Medal as well in the same incident.