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Robert McCormack

Rank: Private
Street:
Townland:
Town/Village: Plumstead, Kent
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Abbeylara
Country: U.K.
Alternative Address: Cloonaghmore, Abbeylara, Co. Longford; 14 Kellett Road, Brixton, London SW2
Census 1901: Resident at Cloonaghmore
www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Longford/Firry/Cloonaghmore/1549679/
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 10692
Date of Death: 03-11-1918
Cause: Killed in action, France
Memorial: Sebourg British Cemetery, Nord, France
Information:

Robert was born Robert McCormick on or around the 24 September 1889 in Cloonaghmore, near Abbeylara. 

He enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, although his residence was given as Plumstead, Kent in one surviving document.

Robert was killed in action and was originally buried at the churchyard in Preux-au-Sart, southeast of the town of Valenciennes, and south of Sebourg where his remains were later removed to in 1932. He died one day before the Irish Guards' major engagement at the Sambre-Oise Canal, where they repaired the bridge crossing under heavy fire. 

The photograph shows Robert, (seated), with his brother Joseph. Joseph was drafted for the U.S. Army, but it is uncertain if he served in WW1.

Parents Names: Son of Patrick McCormack and Amy (née Porter), of Cloonaghmore,Abbeylara, Co. Longford & 14 Kellett Road, Brixton, London SW2
Notes: Robert's family had spent some time in Tennessee, USA prior to his birth - his elder brothers Michael and Patrick were born there. Their mother, Amy, was from London. Patrick Sr died in October 1907. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives Amy's address as Brixton, so it is likely that she returned to London sometime after 1911.
Links:

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of Birth

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