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16873   Private Robert Henry Anderson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/04/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/04/1886
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Summary      
Robert Henry Anderson was the son of James Anderson. Robert was born in Dungannon on 10th April 1886. The family lived in Derrygortreavy, Dungannon. By 1901, Robert had left school and was working in a local mill. His father was as plumber. The 1911 census lists Robert Henry as age 24 living with the family. Robert was as a flax dresser. 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 oldest son of James and Maggie Anderson. James Anderson and Margaret Henry were married on 24th November 1882 in the district of Dungannon.
Robert Anderson was born on 10th April 1886. He was the second oldest of seven children, six surviving, all born in Dungannon.
Known family: James Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Jane Anderson (born 2nd February 1884), Robert Henry Anderson (born 10th April 1886), James Anderson (born 14th December 1888), John Anderson (born 20th May 1891), Mary Anderson (born 29th August 1893), William Anderson (born 6th October 1895).
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.
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, but there are several other errors in that census record, so this may not be correct.
Robert Anderson was a member of Holdfast L.O.L. No. 1620, Dungannon.
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Private Robert Anderson arrived in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 5th October 1915.
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.
Private Robert Henry Anderson is buried in Mill Road Cemetery at Thiepval in the Somme.
Private Robert Henry Anderson is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on the Holdfast L.O.L. 1620 Dungannon Roll of Honour.
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GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
24/11/1882 M Henry Margaret Parent M/1882/T1/1441/2/104
24/11/1882 M Anderson James Parent M/1882/T1/1441/2/104
02/02/1884 B Anderson Sarah Sibling U/1884/112/1012/14/367
10/04/1886 B Anderson Robert Casualty U/1886/112/1012/16/8
14/12/1888 B Anderson James Sibling U/1889/112/1012/17/248
20/05/1891 B Anderson John Sibling U/1891/112/1012/18/292
29/08/1893 B Anderson Mary Sibling U/1893/112/1012/19/338
06/10/1895 B Anderson William Sibling U/1895/112/1012/20/397
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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
4 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private Robert Henry Anderson's headstone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Henry Anderson's headstone can be purchased here
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