1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Robert Irwin was the son of Annie Irwin. He was born in Castledawson. Robert enlisted in Cookstown about 1908. He was living in Castledawson. Private Robert Irwin was twice wounded at the Dardanelles. While in Gallipoli, Private Irwin and Private Matthew McAnary were instrumental in saving the life of a wounded officer. Both Private Robert Irwin and Private Matthew McAnary received the Military Medal for their actions. Private Robert Irwin M.M. was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in France when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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.