Second Lieutenant Robert Hutchison Andrews
Second Lieutenant Robert Hutchison Andrews, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, formerly a Private in the North Irish Horse, Service No. 994. Son of David Andrews, Annaclone, Banbridge, County Down. Embarked for France on 20 August 1914 as a Private in C Squadron North Irish Horse. Commissioned to the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on 28 August 1915. (Note: Shown as Royal Irish Fusiliers on War Office 1914 Star list). Killed in action on 25 September 1915, aged 27, during an attack on the German trenches near Bois Grenier. The Battalion diary for the day includes the following:
C & D Corps were heavily shelled from 4.30am to 3.30pm, but suffered comparatively slight casualties. 2nd Lieut Andrews was killed.
Apart from Andrews, the Battalion lost two officers wounded, 11 other ranks killed, 76 wounded and 15 missing in the day's action. Buried in Bois Grenier Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, grave F.1.
Gravestone inscription reads:
R. H. ANDREWS
ROYAL IRISH RIFLES
25TH SEPTEMBER 1915 AGE 27
HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
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