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9323   Lance Corporal Robert Ross
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 11/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 42-43
CWGC Casualty 1561421
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 - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Gunnings Factory Memorial Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 37
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
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
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023