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18/02/2021 Robert was a member of Fivemiletown Link and Chain R.B.P. No 242.
18/02/2021 Robert Donaldson was the son of John and Sarah Ann Donaldson. John Donaldson and Sarah Blakeley were married on 29th April 1878 in the district of Dungannon. Sarahís maiden name was variously spelt Bleakley, Blakely and Blackley.
18/02/2021 Robert Donaldson was born on 6th January 1894 in Dromore, Clogher. He was the second youngest of six children, but his younger brother died in 1908, aged 12. All were born in the Clogher area.
18/02/2021 Family: John Donaldson, Sarah Ann Donaldson, John Donaldson (born 9th December 1879), William Donaldson (born 21st January 1883), James Donaldson (born 25th May 1886), Sarah A Donaldson (born 17th July 1891), Robert Donaldson (born 6th January 1894), Thomas David Donaldson (born 8th June 1896, died 9th September 1908, age 12).
18/02/2021 The 1911 census records Robert as a 17 year old student, still with the family in Clogher. His father was a contractor, builder and farmer.
18/02/2021 The funeral took place on 7th April at Fivemiletown Parish Church of Private Robert Donaldson, 9th Service Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died during Easter furlough at his home at Dromore Middle, Clogher. The funeral was exceptionally large, consisting of fifty cars and vehicles, while the members of Fivemiletown Link and Chain R.B.P. No 242, of whom the deceased was a member, attended in regalia. Lislane L.O.L. No. 512 sent a wreath. The chief mourners were the deceasedís father John and brothers Jim John and Willie. Rev T Dagg and Rev T Stothers officiated.
18/02/2021 No medal card has been found, suggesting that Private Robert Donaldson did not get to France.
18/02/2021 Private Robert Donaldson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of influenza and scarlatina during Easter furlough at his home at Dromore Middle, Clogher on Tuesday 6th April 1915, age 21.
18/02/2021 The funeral took place on 7th April at Fivemiletown Parish Church. It was exceptionally large, consisting of fifty cars and vehicles. The chief mourners were the deceasedís father John and brothers Jim John and Willie.
18/02/2021 Private Robert Donaldson was buried in Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Churchyard. His inscription reads: FOR EVER WITH THE LORD
18/02/2021 Private Robert Donaldson is commemorated on Fivemiletown War Memorial and on Clogher War Memorial.
18/02/2021 Private Robert Donaldson is listed on page 10 of the Fivemiletown book, from which most of these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
18/02/2021 From the Tyrone Constitution dated 16th April 1915:
18/02/2021 The 1901 census ists Robert as age 6, living with the family at house 3 in Dromore Middle, Killyfaddy, Tyrone. His father was a builder and farmer.
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30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private Robert Donaldson as the son of John and Sarah A Donaldson of Dromore, Middle, Clogher.
30/12/2015 Robert Donaldson enlisted at Finner Camp, County Donegal.
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