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8092   Private Robert Blair
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Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Depot, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 08/04/1915 (Died of Illness)
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Summary      
Robert Blair was a native of Castlecaulfield. He had served for some years overseas in Egypt. He had been employed in Orritor quarry where he lost an eye in an accident with a traction engine. Robert Blair married Sarah Jane Kempton on the 14th April 1914. They had one child. At the beginning of the war, he was still an army reservist with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was called up but owing to the defect in his sight he was not sent to the Western Front but was instead employed as a cook in the depot in Omagh. Robert became ill suffering from a severe cold and developed influenza and cardiac trouble. Private Robert Blair died of illness at home on 8th April 1915.
Further Information
Robert Blair was a native of Castlecaulfield.
He had served for some years overseas in Egypt.
Robert had been employed in Orritor quarry where he lost an eye in an accident with a traction engine.
Robert was a member of Montober R.B.P. No. 598.
Robert Blair married Sarah Jane Kempton on the 14th April 1914. Sarah Janeís father was a teacher, presumably at Toberlane School.
Robert and Sarah had one child. William Blair was born on 20th January 1915 in the district of Cookstown.
Robert was described as a quiet inoffensive man and respected by all who knew him.
At the beginning of the war, he was still an army reservist with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was called up but owing to the defect in his sight he was not sent to the Western Front but was instead employed as a cook in the depot in Omagh.
Whilst at home for Easter holidays in 1915 in Toberlane, Private Blair became ill suffering from a severe cold. He later developed influenza and cardiac trouble.
Private Robert Blair died of illness at home on 8th April 1915.
Private Robert Blair is interred in Cookstown New Cemetery.
In later years Robertís wife would often say that she was married, widowed, and became a mother, all in the one year.
Robert Blair is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St. Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Orritor Quarry Orritor Worked at Orritor Quarry 54.658721 -6.805086
2 Toberlane, Orritor Orritor Wife lived at Toberlane 54.658323 -6.786118
3 Cookstown Cemetery Cookstown South Buried in Cookstown Cemetery 54.639005 -6.753159
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1 1901 Census lists Sarah J Kempton 1901 census lists Sarah as age 7, living with her family at house 1 in Toberlane, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Sara J Campton 1911 census lists Sara as age 17, living with her mother at house 8 in Toberlane, Oritor, Tyrone