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4247   Private Robert J Averall
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 23/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 31/12/1891
Died: 07/11/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Robert Averall was the eldest son of James and Mary Jane Averall. He was born on New Year’s Eve in 1891. He was the eldest of six children. Robert and his father were both labourers. Private Robert Averall was called up with the Reservists on 7th August 1914 and went to the front on the 5th September. Private Robert Averall was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Saturday 7th November 1914 at the 1st Battle of Ypres. He was 22 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut
Grave Ref: Panel 5
CWGC Casualty 874054
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 Kms along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 Kms beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Holdfast L.O.L. 1620 Dungannon Roll of Honour Dungannon
2 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 1 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Holdfast Loyal Orange Lodge No 1620
2 Drumglass Boys National School, Dungannon
3 Union Place National School, Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Averill family Lists Robert as age 9 living at house 4 in Miltown, South side, Dungannon
2 1911 Census lists Averall family Lists Robert, a labourer, as age 19 living at house 23 in Brook Street, South Side, Dungannon
3 1st Presbyterian Dungannon Robert J Averill, killed in action
4 Drumglass School Roll of Honour, 1914 R Averall listed Drumglass Roll of Honour 1914 Boys National School, Dungannon
5 Joseph McIntyre Misses him. Joseph McIntyre mentions him in a letter home
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 Born in Gortshalgan
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