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6980686   Fusilier Robert Gildea
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/12/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/01/1905
Died: 19/07/1943 (Killed in Action)
Age: 36
Robert Gildea was the son of Robert and Hester Gildea. He was born on 5th October 1906 in Cookstown. His father had been in the army and was a painter. Robert worked as a farm labourer. While in service he was ‘batman’ to Colonel Pennyfeather-Evans. The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers took part in the invasion of Sicily. Fusilier Robert Gildea was killed in action at the Battle of Lemon Bridge, Sicily on 19th July 1943, aged 36.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Catania War Cemetery
  Catania, Sicily, 17
Grave Ref: Grave 4-B-48
CWGC Casualty 2075823
Catania War Cemetery is 7 kilometres south-west of Catania. From Catania Airport follow the tangenziale (main road) towards the A19 (in the direction of Palermo). Before reaching the A19 the cemetery is signposted. Cemetery address: Stradale Passo del Fico - 95121 Catania Zona Industriale (CT) Sicily.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 349
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Gildea family Lists Robert John as age 4 living with the family at house 66 in Millbourn St, Cookstown
2 Fusilier William Harkness Also killed in the Lemon Bridge battle
3 Sergeant Thomas James Gildea Brother of Fusilier Robert Gildea
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Fusilier Robert Gildea's grave can be purchased here
5 - virtual war grave cemeteries Gildea, Robert grave photo
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023