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9323   Lance Corporal Robert Ross
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 11/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Summary      
Robert Ross was the son of Robert and Julia Ross. Robert was born in Dundalk about 1886. By 1901 the family were living in Castleblayney, County Monaghan. His father was a Railway Station Master for the Great North Railway. Robert worked at Gunning’s Factory at Millburn in Cookstown. Robert Ross enlisted in Belfast. Lance Corporal Robert Ross was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle on 11th March 1915.
Further Information
Robert Ross was the son of Robert and Julia Ross. Robert was born in Dundalk about 1886.
The 1901 census lists Robert as age 15 living with the family at house 12 in Brewery or New Street, Castleblayney, County Monaghan. His father was a Railway Station Master for the Great North Railway.
By the time of the 1911 census, Robert no longer lived with the family, who were now living at Linview Street in Belfast.
Family: Robert Ross, Julia Ross, Edith Maude Ross (born about 1885), Robert Stewart Ross (born about 1886), Albert Reginald Ross (born about 1895), Myrtle Olive Ross (born about 1898) , William Gordon Ross (born about 1903).
Robert worked at Gunning’s Factory at Millburn in Cookstown. He is listed on the Gunning’s Factory Memorial.
Robert Ross enlisted in Belfast.
Lance Corporal Robert Ross was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle on 11th March 1915.
Lance Corporal Ross has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 42-43 at Le Touret Memorial, France.
On his anniversary in 1916 his aunt, Sara E Barfoote from Lissan, inserted a memorial notice in the local paper.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 11th March 1916:
Newspaper Report
ROSS – Killed in action, at Neuve Chapelle, on 11 March 1915, Corporal R Ross.
‘No more we’ll clasp thy loving hand,
Nor hear the voice now stilled,
Till we reach the land where you’ll proudly stand,
‘Midst earth’s heroes – in action killed.’
Inserted by his loving aunt, S E Barfoote
The CWGC record Lance Corporal Ross as the son of Robert and Julia Ross, of 20 Linview Street, Grosvenor Road, Belfast.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Gunnings Factory Cookstown North Worked at Gunnings Factory 54.650193 -6.751718
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1 1901 Census lists Ross family 1901 census lists Robert as age 15 living with the family at house 12 in Brewery or New Street, Castleblayney, Monaghan
2 1911 Census lists Ross family 1911 census does not list Robert.
3 1911 Census lists S E Barefoot 1911 census lists Sara E Barfoot, aunt of Robert Ross
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
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