Ref ID: 6561


Robert James Adair.


Newspaper Photograph of Robert James Adair.

Life Story

Name: Robert James Adair.

Service Number: 8955.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.


Died: 11th November 1914.

Address: 50 Brussels Street, Belfast


Robert James Adair, son of Robert Hunter and Elizabeth Adair, lived at 50 Brussels Street, Shankill Road, Belfast


The 1901 Ireland Census has Robert living at 30 Emerson Street, Shankill Road, Belfast with his mother, occupation, Dressmaker, father, Builders Labourer, two sisters, Ann Jane Lindsay, 15 years, Linen Weaver, Margaret Elizabeth, 10 years, and brother John, 7 years


The 1911 Ireland Census has Robert living at 64 Brussels Street, Shankill, Belfast with his mother, father, Builders Labourer, sister Ann Jane Lindsay, 24 years, Stripper Tobacco Factory, and brother John, 24 years, Brush Factory Worker. Roberts occupation at this time is given as Builders Labourer


Robert signed the Ulster Covenant on the 28th of September 1912, Ulster Day within Belfast City Hall.

Robert joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 19th September 1914.

Robert was a Rifleman in 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Gheluvelt, Belgium on the 11th November 1914


A local newspaper states.

Rifleman Robert James Adair of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who formerly resided at 50 Brussels Street, Belfast, was killed in action on the 11th November


Roberts Soldiers Effects were left to his mother and father.

His Will reads, In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my father and mother, Lizzie, Robert H Adair.

A Pension Application Form shows his father as claimant.

Dependant Pension Application Forms show his father as claimant also


See brother also: 27699 Private John Adair Depot, Wiltshire Regiment