Robert Anderson was born in Drumglass, Dungannon. Robert worked as a tenter in the employment of Messrs. Dickson and Company, Milltown Weaving Factory, Dungannon. Robert Anderson was for many years the bandmaster of the Dungannon Conservative Flute Band and deputy master of Holdfast L.O.L. No 1620. Robert Anderson enlisted in Belfast. Private Robert Anderson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme.