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14250   Private Robert Coulter
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 17/12/1895
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
Robert Coulter was the son of James and Maggie Coulter (nee Bryans). Robert was born in Aughlurch, County Fermanagh on the 17th December 1895. James Coulter was a labourer. Robert Coulter was living and working in Ballymena for a time before enlisting. Robert enlisted in the 9th Inniskillings on 1914 at Finner Camp. He went to France on 25th November 1915. Private Robert Coulter was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Further Information
Most of the information here was derived from the book, 'Fermanagh War Memorial Book of Honour 1914 1921'. Page 219 is devoted to Private Robert Coulter. There are a few inconsistencies and will be corrected in due course.
Robert Coulter was the son of James and Maggie Coulter (nee Bryans). Robert was born in Aughlurch on the 17th December 1895.
The 1901 census lists Robert as age 5 living with the family at house 6 in Killarbran, Corrylongford, County Fermanagh. James Coulter was a farm labourer.
The 1911 census does not list Robert as living with the family at house 1 in Cooltrane, Brookeborough, County Fermanagh. James was described as a general labourer.
Family: James Coulter, Maggie Coulter, Annie Coulter (born 1st November 1893), Robert Coulter (born 17th December 1895), Thomas Coulter (born about 1898), James Coulter (born 31st July 1902), Margaret Coulter (born 19th June 1907).
Robert Coulter was living and working in Ballymena for a time before enlisting.
Robert enlisted in the 9th Inniskillings in 1914 at Finner Camp.
Medal card
Private Robert Coulter went to France on 25th November 1915.
Private Robert Coulter was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 14th July 1916:
Coulter, Private R, wounded, Tullykenney, Fivemiletown.
Private Robert Coulter has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killarbran, Corrylongford Fivemiletown Census listing in Killarbran, Corrylongford 54.340024 -7.359369
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1 1901 Census lists Coulter family Lists Robert as age 5 living with the family at house 6 in Killarbran, Corrylongford, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists Coulter family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 1 in Cooltrane, Brookeborough, Fermanagh
3 Ballymena 1914-18 Details of Private Robert Coulter
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 National Archives UK Medal card of Private Robert Coulter
6 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - 9th Batt. Private Robert Coulter, killed in action
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