Private Robert McConnell
Private Robert McConnell, 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Service Nos 1859 (NIH), 41445 (RIF). Enlisted Antrim. Born Cloughfin, County Antrim, residence Belfast. Son of Mary McConnell of 11 High Street, Greencastle, Belfast. Killed in action on 18 April 1918, aged 23. Having no known grave, his name is inscribed on Panel 141, Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
On 18 April 1918 the Battalion diary stated:
2am. Moved to Kemmel as composite Battalion with 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly. Heavy casualties, while moving into position, from enemy shelling. Captain Despard wounded and died soon after. 8pm. Relieved by French troops and marched to Siege Camp.
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