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17135   Rifleman Robert Allen
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/02/1894
Died: 01/06/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 24
Robert Allen was the youngest son of Thomas and Agnes Allen. He was born on 19th February 1894 in Edenderry, Lisburn. He was the youngest of at least seven children. His parents died when he was 10/11 years old. Rifleman Robert Allen was serving with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was wounded and taken prisoner. He was deemed to be unfit for further active service by German doctors and he was being repatriated through Switzerland when he died of his Switzerland on 1st June 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Vevey St Martins Cemetery
  Vevey, Geneva, 40
Grave Ref: Grave 65
CWGC Casualty 473436
The cemetery came into being as a result of British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen who had been taken prisoner by the Germans and had either escaped or, if badly wounded, were sent by the Germans to be cared for by the Swiss Red Cross, but subsequently died. Eighty-eight men lie buried here from that war. Vevey is a town on the northern shore of Lake Geneva (also known as Lake Leman), close to the eastern end of the lake. The cemetery is located above the main railway station. From the station follow the Chemin de l'Esperance. The main entrance to the cemetery is in the Chemin du Point du Jour. The Commonwealth war graves plot forms part of Plot 53, which is roughly in the centre of the cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Allen family Lists Robert B as age 6 living at house 77 in Edenderry Village, Breda, Down
2 1911 Census lists Allen family Lists Robert Bateson as age 17 living at house 4 in Edenderry Town, Breda, Down
3 Photo of Robert Allen's gravestone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Rifleman Robert Allen
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 North Down & Ards War Dead Details of Rifleman Robert Allen
7 St Martin's Cemetery, Vevey, Switz. Information on the history of the cemetery.
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Robert Allen's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023