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16168   Private Robert Baxter
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/06/1893
Died: 02/07/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 23
Summary      
Robert Baxter was the eldest son of Robert and Jane Baxter. Robert was born in Dungannon on 30th June 1893. Robert moved to Scotland and was working as a farm servant at Killantrae, Port William, Wigtownshire when he enlisted. Private Robert Baxter was serving with the 1st Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers when he died of wounds sustained on Sunday 2 July 1916. He was 23 years old. Presuming that he was injured at the Battle of the Somme, he celebrated his 23rd birthday on the Friday, was injured at the Somme on the Saturday and died on the Sunday.
Further Information
Robert Baxter was the eldest son of Robert and Jane Baxter (nee Henderson). Robert was born in Dungannon on 30th June 1893.
The 1901 census records that the family lived in Ballydownfine, Ballygomartin in the west of Belfast. Robert was 7 years old. His father was a labourer.
Family: Robert Baxter, Jane Baxter, Robert Baxter (born 30/06/1893), Maria Baxter (born 5th March 1895), Mary Baxter 4 (born 25th November 1896), Kyle Baxter 1 (born about 1900).
The 1911 census does not list Robert as living with the family at house 44 in Boyne Square, St. George's, Belfast.
Robert had moved to Scotland.
He was working as a farm servant at Killantrae, Port William, Wigtownshire when he enlisted.
Private Robert Baxter was serving with the 1st Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers when he died of wounds sustained on Sunday 2 July 1916. He was 23 years old.
Presuming that he was injured at the Battle of the Somme, he celebrated his 23rd birthday on the Friday, was badly injured at the Somme on the Saturday and died on the Sunday.
Private Baxter is buried in Acheux British Cemetery, Somme, France.
Port William War Memorial lists Private Baxter.
The CWGC record Private Robert Baxter as the son of Robert and Jane Baxter, of Co. Tyrone.
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1 1901 Census lists Baxter family Lists Robert as age 7 living with the family at house 17 in Ballydownfine, Ballygomartin, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Baxter family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 44 in Boyne Square, St. George's, Antrim
3 Forum Discussion War Dead from Mochrum Parish, Port William
4 IWM Lives of WW1 Private Robert Baxter's listing
5 Port William War Memorial Private Robert Baxter is listed on Port William War Memorial
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020