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17135   Rifleman Robert Allen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 01/06/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 24
Summary      
Robert Allen was born in Belfast about 1894. Robert enlisted in Comber. Rifleman Robert Allen was serving with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was wounded. Rifleman Robert Allen died of his wounds in Switzerland on 1st June 1918. He was 24 years old. Rifleman R Allen is commemorated on Moy War Memorial and on a memorial plaque in St James Parish Church, Moy. Unusually, Rifleman Allen is buried in Switzerland, in St Martinís Cemetery, Vevey. The cemetery came into being as a result of British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen who had been taken prisoner by the Germans and had either escaped or, if badly wounded, were sent by the Germans to be cared for by the Swiss Red Cross, but subsequently died.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Vevey St Martins Cemetery
  Vevey, Geneva
Grave Ref: Grave 65
CWGC Casualty 473436
Summary      
The cemetery came into being as a result of British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen who had been taken prisoner by the Germans and had either escaped or, if badly wounded, were sent by the Germans to be cared for by the Swiss Red Cross, but subsequently died. Eighty-eight men lie buried here from that war. Vevey is a town on the northern shore of Lake Geneva (also known as Lake Leman), close to the eastern end of the lake. The cemetery is located above the main railway station. From the station follow the Chemin de l'Esperance. The main entrance to the cemetery is in the Chemin du Point du Jour. The Commonwealth war graves plot forms part of Plot 53, which is roughly in the centre of the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
References and Links
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1 St Martin's Cemetery, Vevey, Switz. Information on the history of the cemetery.
2 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Robert Allen's gravestone can be purchased here