2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
19/07/1943 (Killed in Action)
Robert Gildea was the son of Robert and Hester Gildea. He was born on 5th October 1906 in Cookstown. His father had been in the army and was a painter. Robert worked as a farm labourer. While in service he was ‘batman’ to Colonel Pennyfeather-Evans. The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers took part in the invasion of Sicily. Fusilier Robert Gildea was killed in action at the Battle of Lemon Bridge, Sicily on 19th July 1943, aged 36.
Catania War Cemetery is 7 kilometres south-west of Catania. From Catania Airport follow the tangenziale (main road) towards the A19 (in the direction of Palermo). Before reaching the A19 the cemetery is signposted. Cemetery address: Stradale Passo del Fico - 95121 Catania Zona Industriale (CT) Sicily.