Ref ID: 7475

Name

Andrew Gilmore.


Description

Newspaper Photograph of Second Lieutenant Andrew Gilmore.


Life Story

Name: Andrew Gilmore.

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 2nd May 1879, Belfast.

Died: 11th March 1915.

Address: 34 Roe Street, Belfast

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Andrew Gilmore, son of Richard and Catherine Gilmore, lived with his wife at 34 Roe Street, Belfast

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Andrew had married Mary Gilmore, Nee McLaughlin, on the 25th May 1904 within Saint Peters Roman Catholic Church, Belfast. They went on to have a son, Andrew, on the 30th April 1907.

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Andrew joined the Royal Irish Rifles in 1895, serving in India, Burma and Aden.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 6th of November 1914.

Andrew was a Second Lieutenant in A Company 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action on the 11th March 1915 aged 36 years old

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A local newspaper headline and article states.

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ULSTER AND THE WAR.

LATE SECOND LIEUTENANT GILMORE.

Belfast Officer Wounded.

The manner in which Second Lieutenant Gilmore, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in acti9on at Neuve Chapelle is described in a letter received from a brother officer, who says, I last saw him on the morning of the attack, at about 2 o'clock. The attack took place at 7.30 am on the charge which recaptured from the enemy the old trench which had been held by our 2nd Battalion last October, and where they suffered so heavily. His platoon had only very few casualties in this very gallant charge, and established themselves in the ground they had won, and dug trenches to enable them to hold on. This they did, and kept the enemy at bay all night, repulsing two sharp counter-attacks with heavy loss to the Germans. On the morning of the second day of the operations (11th inst)our battalion was being withdrawn from the advanced trenches, being relieved by another corps, with the view to getting some short rest and food, and it was when superintending this operation by his platoon that Gilmore was shot. He was killed almost instantaneously. Gilmore was loved and respected by his brother officers and NC/s and men under him, Mr Gilmore was a native of Belfast, and was home on short leave from the front for a few days in February. His widow lives in Shandon Street

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Andrews Soldiers Effects were left to his widow.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his widow as claimant also

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Andrew received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star.

He had received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medals also.

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He is Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.

To Remember Is To Honour

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Theme

Shankill Roll of Honour


Date

1915


Classification

Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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