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8092   Private Robert Blair
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/08/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Depot, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 08/04/1915 (Died of Illness)
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cookstown New Cemetery
  Cookstown, Co Tyrone, 6
Grave Ref: J-1491
CWGC Casualty 661732
Cookstown New Cemetery is situated at the junction of Cemetery Road and Westland Road South, Cookstown. Cookstown New Cemetery is also known as Westland Rd Cemetery and Forthill Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 St Luran's Church, Church Street Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 Molesworth St Presbyterian Church WWI Cookstown
4 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 41
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Blair family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 13 in Glasmullagh, Castlecaulfield, Tyrone
2 1901 Census lists Sarah J Kempton 1901 census lists Sarah as age 7, living with her family at house 1 in Toberlane, Oritor, Tyrone
3 1911 Census lists Blair family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 2 in Glasmullagh, Castlecaulfield, Tyrone
4 1911 Census lists Sara J Campton 1911 census lists Sara as age 17, living with her mother at house 8 in Toberlane, Oritor, Tyrone
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Blair's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023