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5240   Private Robert Montgomery
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st / 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/05/1887
Died: 01/12/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Robert Montgomery was the only son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Montgomery. He was born in May 1887 in Cookstown. He was one of at least five children. His father died when Robert was just two years old. The 1901 census records the family as living at Derrinleagh, Orritor, Tyrone – close to both Drum Manor and Wellbrook. Robert’s mother was working as a farm labourer. Robert worked as a butler in County Cork and then in Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales. He was married to Alicia Montgomery. They had three children. He enlisted in Pontypridd. Private Robert Montgomery was serving with the 1st/5th Welsh Regiment, when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 1st December 1915.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Helles Memorial
  Cape Helles, Gallipoli
Grave Ref: Panel 140-144
CWGC Casualty 688807
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat- Bigali Road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area. Follow the road to Helles, opposite the Kabatepe Museum, at 14.2 kms. take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 22.8 kms, take a right turn to the memorial along a rough track 500m long. The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Kildress Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Kildress
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - West Panel 1927 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 94
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Montgomery family 1901 census lists Robert as age 4 living with the family at house 5 in Derrinleagh, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Montgomery family 1911 census does not list Robert as living with his mother at house 15 in Derrinleagh, Oritor, Tyrone
3 Helles Memorial photo Panel on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, commemorates men of the Welsh regiment
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Robert Montgomery
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023