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71579   Private Robert Ross
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Dated added: 21/08/2018   Last updated: 02/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: North Irish Horse (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/04/1889
Died: 21/08/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Robert Ross was the son of John and Elizabeth Ross. He was born on 25th April 1889 at Brooke Street, Dungannon. He was one of nine children, eight surviving. Around 1890, the family moved to Belfast In 1901 his father was a linen sample maker. By 1911, Robert was working as a general labourer. Ross enlisted in the North Irish Horse. Private Robert Ross was killed in action on Wednesday 21st August 1918, probably during the assault on Beaucourt.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ancre British Cemetery
  Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave VII-F-34
CWGC Casualty 2854115
The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, V Corps cleared this battlefield and created a number of cemeteries, of which Ancre British Cemetery (then called Ancre River No.1 British Cemetery, V Corps Cemetery No.26) was one. There were originally 517 burials almost all of the 63rd (Naval) and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from the following smaller burial grounds.
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1 1901 Census lists Ross family Lists Robert as age 11, living with the family at house 20 in Forth River Gardens, Falls Ward, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Ross family Lists Robert as age 21, living with the family at house 318 in Springfield Road, Falls, Antrim
3 Facebook - North Irish Horse in the Great War Details of Private Ross including photos
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Nigel Henderson, History Hub Ulster Newspaper clipping
6 North Irish Horse Details of Private Ross including photos
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Ross's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023