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9823   Private Robert Steenson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 11/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 19/05/1918 (Died of Illness)
Robert Steenson was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Robert attended Drumglass Boys National School, Dungannon. Robert Steenson enlisted in Armagh. He was living in Belfast at the time. Private Robert Steenson was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers when he died in Egypt on Sunday 19th May 1918. According to his will, dated June 1917, his mother was living at 49 Montreal Street, Crumlin Road, Belfast.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
  Cairo  16
Grave Ref: Grave O-171
CWGC Casualty 113671
This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Drumglass Boys National School, Dungannon
References and Links
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1 Belfast Street Directory 1918 Lists a Mrs Stevenson, 49 Montreal Street
2 Photo of Private Robert Steenson's headstone
3 Drumglass School Roll of Honour, 1914 Robert Steenson listed Drumglass Roll of Honour 1914 Boys National School, Dungannon
4 Glenavy History Robert Steenson listed on roll of honour at St. Matthew's Parish Church, Belfast
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Robert Steenson
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Steenson's headstone can be purchased here
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