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5240   Private Robert Montgomery
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 11/04/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st / 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/05/1887
Died: 01/12/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
Robert Montgomery was the only son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Montgomery. He was born in May 1887 in Cookstown. He was one of at least five children. His father died when Robert was just two years old. The 1901 census records the family as living at Derrinleagh, Orritor, Tyrone – close to both Drum Manor and Wellbrook. Robert’s mother was working as a farm labourer. Robert worked as a butler in County Cork and then in Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales. He was married to Alicia Montgomery. They had three children. He enlisted in Pontypridd. Private Robert Montgomery was serving with the 1st/5th Welsh Regiment, when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 1st December 1915.
Private Robert Montgomery
Further Information
Robert Montgomery was the only son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Montgomery. Alexander Montgomery and Margaret Crooks were married on 15th November 1884 in the district of Cookstown.
Robert Montgomery was born 31st May 1887 in Cookstown. He was one of at least five children.
His father, Alexander Montgomery, died on 30th December 1890 in Cookstown, aged 51. Robert was just two years old.
Known family: Alexander Montgomery, Margaret Jane Montgomery, Mina Minnie Montgomery (born 9th March 1885), Ellinore Montgomery (born 7th March 1886), Robert Montgomery (born 31st May 1887), Norah Mabel Montgomery (born 3rd April 1889), Ethel Julia Montgomery (born 2nd May 1890).
The 1901 census records the family as living at Derrinleagh, Orritor, Tyrone – close to both Drum Manor and Wellbrook. Robert’s mother was a widow and working as a farm labourer.
Robert worked as a butler in County Cork and then in Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales.
By the time of the 1911 census, his mother was living on her own in Derrinleagh, Orritor, Tyrone.
Robert Montgomery was married to Alicia Montgomery. They had three children.
Robert Montgomery enlisted in the army at Pontypridd in July 1915.
Robert Montgomery photo
Private Robert Montgomery was serving with the 1st/5th Welsh Regiment, when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 1st December 1915.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 22nd January 1916: Private Robert Montgomery
Newspaper Report
Welsh Regiment, son of Mrs M J Montgomery, Wellbrook, Cookstown, who was killed in action on 1st December 1915. He had been a butler in county Cork, and later in Wales. He joined the new army in July 1915 and was with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He leaves a wife and three children.
Private Robert Montgomery has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.
Private Robert Montgomery is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and Orritor Presbyterian Roll of Honour.
Private Robert Montgomery is not listed on Pontypridd War Memorial, where he enlisted.
The CWGC record Private Montgomery as the son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Montgomery, of Wellbrook, Cookstown. The CWGC also record him as the husband of Alicia Montgomery of Drum Manor, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Derrinleagh, Oritor Orritor Census listing in Derrinleagh, Oritor 54.660349 -6.848891
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Montgomery family 1901 census lists Robert as age 4 living with the family at house 5 in Derrinleagh, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Montgomery family 1911 census does not list Robert as living with his mother at house 15 in Derrinleagh, Oritor, Tyrone
3 Helles Memorial photo Panel on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, commemorates men of the Welsh regiment
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Robert Montgomery
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2019