2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
19/07/1943 (Killed in Action)
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.
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.