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6980686   Fusilier Robert Gildea
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 08/08/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/01/1905
Died: 19/07/1943 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
Fusilier Robert Gildea was born in 1907, and was the son of Robert & Esther Gildea, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Prior to enlistment Robert worked as a farm labourer. While in service he was ‘batman’ to Colonel Pennyfeather-Evans. Robert served with his cousin, Jim McCullough with the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in France before evacuation to Dunkirk, when they where then posted to Madagascar, India. The Battalion took part in the invasion of Sicily and mainland Italy. Fusilier Robert Gildea was killed in action at the Battle of Lemon Bridge, Sicily.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Catania War Cemetery
  Catania, Sicily, 17
Grave Ref: Grave 4-B-48
CWGC Casualty 2075823
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.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph World War II - North Panel Cookstown
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Gildea family Lists Robert John as age 4 living with the family at house 66 in Millbourn St, Cookstown
2 Sergeant Thomas James Gildea Brother of Fusilier Robert Gildea
3 - virtual war grave cemeteries Gildea, Robert grave photo
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2019