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22374   Private Robert Symington
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/10/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 17/05/1891
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Robert Symington was the son of John and Mary Anne Symington. Robert Symington was born on 17th May 1891 in Brookborough, County Fermanagh. The family lived in Ramult, Cross, Fermanagh. They were a farming family. Robert Symington enlisted in the Inniskillings in Brookeborough and went to Gallipoli to join the 1st Battalion on 2nd September 1915. On 18th March, the battalion landed at Marseilles and by 6th April it was at the front line trenches at the Somme. Private Robert Symington was serving the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Y-Ravine Cemetery
  Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Grave D-74
CWGC Casualty 2743045
Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre Les Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre Les Puisieux, 3 kilometres further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Auchonvillers. At the crossroads in the village centre, follow the signs for 'Newfoundland Park, Beaumont Hamel'. "Y" Ravine Cemetery is located within the Park.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 1 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 33
2 Fermanagh War Memorial Book 356
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1 1901 Census lists Symington family Lists Robert as age 9 living with the family at house 6 in Ramult, Cross, Fermanagh
2 1911 Census lists Robert Symington Lists Robert as age 18 living at house 5 in Tattykeeran, Cross, Fermanagh
3 1911 Census lists Symington family Does not list Robert as living with the family at house 1 in Ramult, Cross, Fermanagh
4 Photo of Private Robert Symington's headstone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Symington's headstone can be purchased here
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