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14744   Private Robert Anderson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/12/1890
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
Robert Anderson was the son of Thomas and Margaret Anderson. Robert was born in Dungannon about 1891. Robert Anderson worked in Tillie's, Duncreggan, as a gardener. Private Robert Anderson was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Further Information
Army records suggest that Private Robert Anderson was born in Dungannon. For this reason, there is a possibility that the family found in the census and recorded here is NOT that of Private Anderson.
Robert Anderson was the son of Thomas and Margaret Anderson. Thomas Anderson and Margaret Andrews were married on 12th August 1886 in the city of Derry.
GRONI records Robert Anderson as being born on 18th December 1890. He was one of five children, all born in Derry.
Known family: Thomas Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Mary Anderson (born 16th July 1887), Thomas Anderson (born 20th January 1889), Robert Anderson (born 18th December 1890), Bella Anderson (born 13th December 1892), James Anderson (born 22nd December 1894).
The 1901 census records the family living at Ivy Terrace, South Ward No. 2 Urban, Londonderry. Robert was eight years old. Robertís father was a grocer.
Robert Anderson worked in Tillie's, Duncreggan, as a gardener.
The 1911 census lists Robert as age 18 living with the family at house 7 in Spring Town, Liberties, Lower, Londonderry. Robert is listed as a gardener and a domestic servant. His father was a market gardener.
Robert Anderson enlisted in Londonderry.
Medal card
Private Robert Anderson was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Private Anderson is also commemorated on the Diamond, War Memorial, Londonderry.
The CWGC records Private Robert Anderson as the son of Thomas and Margaret Anderson of Springtown, Londonderry.
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1 1901 Census lists Anderson family Lists Robert as age 10 living with the family at house 1 in Ivy Terrace, South Ward No. 2 Urban, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Anderson family Lists Robert as age 18 living with the family at house 7 in Spring Town, Liberties, Lower, Londonderry
3 Diamond War Memorial Some details of Robert Anderson
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020