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11/06/2017 The 1911 census lists Robert Thomas as age 15, living with the family at house 22 in Great George's Street, Coagh. Robert was still at school. His father was a carpenter.
11/06/2017 Family: James Mitchell, Lizzie Mitchell, William James Mitchell (born 2nd July 1893, Belfast), Robert Thomas Mitchell (born 9th May 1895), John Mitchell (born 6th September 1897), George Mitchell (born 19th March 1900), Eliza Mitchell (born 4th October 1905), James Mitchell (born 7th August 1909).
11/06/2017 Robert Mitchell was born at Tamlaght, Coagh, County Tyrone on 9th May 1895. He was the second of six children.
11/06/2017 Robert Thomas Mitchell was a son of James and Lizzie Mitchell. James Mitchell married Eliza McCord on 24th February 1891 in the district of Cookstown.
06/03/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st September 1917:
06/03/2017 Corporal R T Mitchell, Trench Mortar Battery, late of Coagh, killed in action on the 15th August.
30/12/2015 MITCHELL – Killed in action in France, 16th August 1917, Corporal Robert T Mitchell, Trench Mortar Battery Infantry Brigade, son of Mr James Mitchell, Greenfield Street, Govan and formerly of Coagh, County Tyrone, aged 22 years.
30/12/2015 You fell amidst shot and shell.
30/12/2015 With the Ulster Volunteers.'
30/12/2015 On the plains of France he fought and died
30/12/2015 Unknown to coward’s fears.
30/12/2015 For King and country, firm he stood,
30/12/2015 To take a last farewell.
30/12/2015 Our only grief, we were not there
30/12/2015 Ever remembered by his sorrowing uncle Thomas and aunt Hannah, Coagh, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 As dawn swept over the trenches,
30/12/2015 But they hope to meet in a better land.
30/12/2015 No friends or relations to clasp his hand,
30/12/2015 Unknown newspaper
30/12/2015 ‘No Mother or father saw him die,
30/12/2015 And to right a dreadful wrong,
30/12/2015 From Unknown newspaper
30/12/2015 Robert enlisted at Randalstown with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was living in Glasgow at that time.
30/12/2015 At some stage after that the family moved to Scotland.
30/12/2015 No brother or sister to say goodbye,
30/12/2015 Ever lay on foreign soil,
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Corporal Robert Mitchell as the son of James and Lizzie Mitchell, of 72 Greenfield Street, Govan, Glasgow.
30/12/2015 He is commemorated on Coagh War Memorial.
30/12/2015 There is no known grave and Robert is commemorated on panel 22 on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.
30/12/2015 Corporal Robert Mitchell was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 6th August 1917 in this dreadful environment.
30/12/2015 Corporal Robert Mitchell survived the Battle of Messines but was killed on the eve of the Third Battle of Ypres, on 6th August 1917. The weather was extremely wet and this part of Belgium is low lying and the drains had been destroyed by the constant shelling. For the next three weeks soldiers would struggle through this morass with wounded men often drowning.
30/12/2015 Robert Mitchell attained the rank of Corporal.
30/12/2015 Deeply regretted by his uncle John and his aunt Nancy Mitchell and loving cousins (three of which on active service), Coagh, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Though he lives in a far silent tomb.
30/12/2015 Gave his life for Britain’s glory,
30/12/2015 MITCHELL - Killed in action in France, 15th August 1917, Corporal Robert T Mitchell, Trench Mortar Battery Infantry Brigade, son of Mr James Mitchell, Greenfield Street, Govan.
30/12/2015 He lies now among the bravest,
30/12/2015 And joined the khaki throng.
30/12/2015 He chose the path of duty,
30/12/2015 For Britain’s home and freedom,
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Robert Thomas as age 6, living with the family at house 23 in Urbal, Coagh. His father was a carter and his mother was a house maid.
30/12/2015 Yet his memory will live with us always,
30/12/2015 Cut off in the midst of his bloom?
30/12/2015 Why was he taken so young and so fair,
30/12/2015 To his King and country loyal.
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