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16873   Private Robert Henry Anderson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Summary      
Robert Henry Anderson was the son of James Anderson. Robert was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1887. The family lived in Derrygortreavy, Dungannon. By 1901, Robert had left school and was working as a Machine Boy in a local mill. His father worked as plumber. The 1911 census lists Robert Henry as age 24 living with the family. Robert worked as a flax dresser. The census also shows Robert was married about 1908, although the census does not list his wife. Private Robert Henry Anderson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme.
Further Information
Robert Henry Anderson was the son of James Anderson. His mother was either Sarah Jane or Maggie, depending on which census you look at. Robert was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1887.
The 1901 census lists Robert H as age 14 living with the family at house 7 in Ballysaggart, Derrygortreavy, Tyrone. Robert had left school and was working as a Machine Boy in a local mill. His father worked as plumber. It gives his mother as Maggie Anderson.
The 1911 census lists Robert Henry as age 24 living with the family at house 12 in Beechvalley, Derrygortreavy, Tyrone. Robert worked as a flax dresser. The census shows Robert was married about 1908, although the census does not list his wife.
The 1911 census also records Robert's mother and father had been married 28 years, giving their marriage date about 1883.
Family : James Anderson, Maggie Anderson, Sarah J Anderson (born about 1884), Robert H Anderson (born about 1887), James Anderson (born about 1889), John Anderson (born about 1892), Mary Anderson (born about 1894), William Anderson (born about 1896).
Private Robert Henry Anderson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 at the Somme.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916: Private William Anderson (brother of Robert Anderson)
Intimation has been received in Dungannon by his relatives, that Private William Anderson, of the Tyrone Volunteers, is a prisoner of war. He belonged to the Lewis Gun section. Private Robert Anderson of the Tyrone Volunteers (a brother of the above) has been severely wounded during the big advance.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 24 August 1916: Private William Anderson (Brother of Robert Anderson)
Private William Anderson, Tyrone Volunteers, is officially reported missing, but he has intimated that he is a prisoner of war. He belonged to a Lewis Gun section, and resided in Beechvalley, Dungannon, but his parents now live in Belfast. He was a member of Holdfast L.O.L. No. 1620, Dungannon. His brother, Robert Anderson, of the same battalion, is also reported missing.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 26th August 1916: Private William Anderson (brother of Robert Anderson)
Private William Anderson, Tyrone Volunteers, who was officially reported missing, has intimated that he is a prisoner of war. He belonged to a Lewis Gun section, and resided in Beechvalley, Dungannon, but his parents now live in Belfast. He was a member of Holdfast L.O.L. No. 1620, Dungannon. His brother, Robert Anderson, of the same battalion, is also reported missing.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 25th May 1917:
Private Robert Anderson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 5 Harrisburg Street, Belfast, and late of Dungannon, missing since 1st July, was killed on that date.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 31 May 1917
Mrs James Anderson, 5 Harrisburg Street, Belfast, and formerly of Dungannon, has received information that her son, Private Robert Anderson, Inniskillings, who was posted as wounded and missing on 1st July, was killed on that date.
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1 1901 Census lists Anderson family Lists Robert H as age 14 living with the family at house 7 in Ballysaggart, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Anderson family Lists Robert Henry as age 24 living with the family at house 12 in Beechvalley, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
3 1st Presbyterian Dungannon Robert Anderson, killed in action
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