Robert Lucas was born on 8th August 1878 in Killyman, Dungannon. He was one of at least ten children, all born in the Dungannon area By 1901 the family had moved to Belfast. His mother was a widow. Robert was a shop assistant in a grocery store. Private Robert Lucas arrived in France with the Royal Irish Rifles on 5th October 1915. Corporal Robert Lucas was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action on Wednesday 31st July 1918.
Bertenacre Military Cemetery is situated half way between the villages of Eeke and Godewaersvelde, which are 10 kilometres north-east of Hazebrouck in the department of the Nord. From Eeke, take the D139 and head east. Once over the motorway, which is some 2 kilometres from the village, turn immediately right onto the track leading to Bertenacre Military Cemetery.