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8016   Lance Corporal Robert Lawless
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Robert Lawless was the son of John and Margaret Lawless. He was one of four children from his fatherís first marriage. Robertís mother died when he was six. His father remarried. The family lived in Church Street, Cookstown. Robert was a butler for a time. His father was a mechanic. 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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 16-17
CWGC Casualty 856066
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 49
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Lawless family 1901 census lists Robert as age 15, living with the family at 48 Church Street, Cookstown
2 1911 Census lists Lawless family 1911 census lists Robert as age 25, living with the family at 78 Church Street
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 Private John McCaffrey Friend of Lance Corporal Robert Lawless
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023