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18/11/2017 The 1911 census lists Robert as age 25, living with the family at 78 Church Street. Robert was a butler. His father was a mechanic.
18/11/2017 Robert Lawless was the second son of John and Margaret Lawless. John Lawless married Margaret Sloan on 15th July 1883 in the district of Cookstown.
18/11/2017 Robert Lawless was born in Cookstown about 1886. He was one of four children from his father’s first marriage.
18/11/2017 Family 1: John Lawless, Margaret Lawless, John Lawless (born 11th May 1884), Robert Lawless (born about 1886), Bridget Lawless (born 21st October 1887), George Lawless (born 19th March 1890, died 15th March 1891).
18/11/2017 Robert’s mother, Margaret Lawless, died on 30th October 1892 in Cookstown, age 30. Robert was about six years old.
18/11/2017 Robert’s father remarried. John Lawless married Mary Swinerton / Livingston on 7th January 1893 in the district of Cookstown. They went on to have four more children.
18/11/2017 The 1901 census lists Robert as age 15, living with the family at 48 Church Street, Cookstown. Robert was working as a carder in a mill. His father was a factory engineer.
18/11/2017 The CWGC record Lance Corporal Robert Lawless as the son of John Lawless of Church Street, Cookstown, County Tyrone.
18/11/2017 Robert was working and living in Belfast and enlisted in Cookstown at the outbreak of war.
18/11/2017 Robert Lawless was a close friend of Private John McCaffrey and was often referred to in Private McCaffrey’s letters.
18/11/2017 Lance Corporal Robert Lawless was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 16th May 1915 on the first night of the Battle of Festubert.
18/11/2017 Private George Shields, who took part in the attack, was home on leave soon after and told Robert’s family that he had seen him fall in action but had not seen or heard from him since.
18/11/2017 Lance Corporal Robert Lawless has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial in France.
18/11/2017 Lance Corporal Robert Lawless is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
18/11/2017 Family 2: John Lawless, Mary Lawless, Joseph Lawless (born 20th January 1894), Mary Elizabeth Lawless (born 10th January 1896), Alice Maud Lawless (born 10th February 1897), Patrick Lawless (born 24th June 1900).
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