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Robert Law McCartney.


Newspaper Photograph of Rifleman Robert Law McCartney.

Life Story

Name: Robert Law McCartney.

Service Number: 10310.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 1st Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 25th December 1894, Lisburn.

Died: 11th March 1915.

Address: 22 Arnon Street, Belfast


Robert McCartney, son of John Martin and Mary Jane McCartney, lived with his wife and children at 22 Arnon Street, Belfast


The 1901 Ireland Census has Robert living at 16.2 Foreman Street, with his mother, father, occupation, Labourer, sister, Eliza Jane, 4 years, and brother John Martin, 2 years. His grandmother, Mary Jane Law, 53 years, described as Head Of Family, and aunt Amelia, 26 years, live within the house also


The 1911 Ireland Census has Robert living at 24 Lorton Street, Belfast with his mother, occupation, Mill Rover, father, General Labourer, sister, Elizabeth Jane, 14 years, Mill Rover, and brother John, 12 years. His grandmother, Mary Jane Law, 53 years, described as Head Of Family, lives within the house also


Robert married Brigid McCartney, Nee Walsh, on the 25th December 1912 within Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Belfast.

They went on to have two children, their names and dates of births are as follows, Robert Joseph McCartney born 20th May 1913, Elizabeth McCartney born 4th July 1915


Robert joined the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 13th October 1914.

Robert was a Rifleman in 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he was Killed In Action at Neuve Chapelle on the 11th March 1915 aged 20 years


A local newspaper states.

Official intimation has been received that Rifleman Robert McCartney, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action on 11th ult. at Neuve Chapelle. Deceased had two years service, and left Victoria Barracks for the front some time ago. He leaves a wife and one child, who resides at 22 Arnon Street, Belfast


Roberts Soldiers Effects were left to his widow.

His Will, signed and dated 2nd November 1914 states the following, In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife Mrs Bridgett McCartney 22 Arnon Street, Belfast.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows his widow as claimant for herself and their two children


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


He is Remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.

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Newspaper, , Photograph - Belfast Telegraph

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