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11/05/2017
11/05/2017 Robert Blair is commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph and St. Luranís Church of Ireland Roll of Honour, Derryloran, Cookstown.
11/05/2017 In later years Robertís wife would often say that she was married, widowed, and became a mother, all in the one year.
11/05/2017 Private Robert Blair is interred in Cookstown New Cemetery.
11/05/2017 Private Robert Blair died of illness at home on 8th April 1915.
11/05/2017 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.
11/05/2017 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.
11/05/2017 Robert was described as a quiet inoffensive man and respected by all who knew him.
11/05/2017 Robert and Sarah had one child. William Blair was born on 20th January 1915 in the district of Cookstown.
11/05/2017 Robert Blair married Sarah Jane Kempton on the 14th April 1914. Sarah Janeís father was a teacher, presumably at Toberlane School.
11/05/2017 Robert was a member of Montober R.B.P. No. 598.
11/05/2017 Robert had been employed in Orritor quarry where he lost an eye in an accident with a traction engine.
11/05/2017 He had served for some years overseas in Egypt.
11/05/2017 Robert Blair was a native of Castlecaulfield.
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