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8016   Lance Corporal Robert Lawless
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Robert Lawless was born in Cookstown. He was the son of John Lawless, Church Street, Cookstown. He worked and lived in Belfast and enlisted in Cookstown at the outbreak of war Robert Lawless was killed in action on 16th May 1915 in the same attack on the first night of the Battle of Festubert where 8 other Cookstown men also died.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 856066
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph World War I - Panel 1 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 49
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Lawless family 1901 census lists Robert as 15 years old at 48 Church Street
2 1911 Census lists Lawless family 1911 census lists Robert as 25 years old at 78 Church Street
3 George Shields Seen George fall
4 John McCaffrey Friend