17/1305 Rifleman Robert Henry Barnett

       8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

                    7th June 1917

Born in Seapatrick County Down in 1892.

His father was Samuel Barnett(born in 1851),

a Yarn Bundler and his mother was Sarah Anne

(nee Hamilton(married 1887)),who was born in 1853.

He had a sister,Sara Elizabeth(born in 1891).

In the Irish census,recorded on 31-03-1901,they are recorded as living in Tullyear, Banbridge, County Down.

Robert was employed as a Damask Weaver.

In 1906 he married Mary Ellen McMillan (born in 1889) and they had 2 children,Samuel(born in 1908) and Sarah (born in 1910).

In the Irish census recorded on 02-04-1911,they are recorded as living at Factory View Banbridge,Urban County Down. Robert was still employed as a Damask Weaver.

 He enlisted in Banbridge County Down and his dis-embarkation into France was on 16-12-1915.

He was killed in action on 07-06-1917.

In his will dated 01-01-1916 he left all his property and effects to his wife.

At the time of his death,the family were recorded as living at  3 Prospect Terrace Banbridge County Down.

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