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11042   Private Robert Rainey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 22/11/1915 (Died of Illness)
Age: 22
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Robert Rainey was the son of George and Mary Rainey. Robert was born about 1893 in Errigal, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone. Private Robert Rainey was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of pneumonia in France on 22 November 1915. Robert was 22 years old. Private Rainey was one of three soldier sons. Robert and William George Rainey were killed and the third was discharged on account of wounds.
Private Robert Rainey
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Robert Rainey was the son of George and Mary Rainey. Robert was born about 1893 in Errigal, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
The 1901 census records Robert as 8 years old. The family lived in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley, County Tyrone. George Rainey was a farmer.
The 1911 census records Robert as 18. Robert worked on his father's farm. The family still lived in Garvaghy, Errigal, Ballygawley.
Family: George Rainey, Mary Rainey, William John Rainey (born about 1885), Charlotte Rainey (born about 1885), John Rainey (born about 1887), James Rainey (born about 1889), Margaret Rainey (born about 1891), Robert Rainey (born about 1893), Annie Rainey (born about 1896), Susanna Rainey (born about 1896).
Robert Rainey enlisted in Omagh.
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Private Robert Rainey was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of pneumonia in France on 22 November 1915. Robert was 22 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st December 1915:
Intimation has just come to hand of the death of Private Robert Rainey, of Garvaghey, County Tyrone, who succumbed to pneumonia after an illness of only a few days duration. Private Rainey was amongst the first to volunteer for active service after the war broke out, joining the 9th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers). He was with his regiment in France when his death occurred. The deceased, who was a son of Mr and Mrs George Rainey, has an older brother, Private John Rainey, previously a member of the R.I.C., undergoing training with the Irish Guards.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 April 1916:
Other casualties from the Inniskilling include 11042, Private Rainey, R., died of pneumonia, November 22, 1915. His father is Mr George Rainey, Garvaghy, Ballygawley
Private Robert Rainey is buried in Beauval Communal Cemetery, France. Beauval is a village on the main road (N25) between Amiens and Doullens, about 24 kilometres north of Amiens.
Private Rainey was one of three soldier sons. Robert and William George Rainey were killed and the third was discharged on account of wounds.
The CWGC records Robert as the son of George and Mary Rainey, of Garvaghey, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Garvaghy, Errigal Ballygawley Census listing in Garvaghy, Errigal 54.487192 -7.141385
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Rainey Family Lists Robert as age 8, living with the family at house 17 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Rainey Family Lists Robert as age 18, living with the family at house 26 in Garvaghy, Errigal, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Robert Rainey's gravestone can be purchased here
5 William John Rainey Brother of Robert Rainey, who also died in World War One
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