SERV. NO; 6103
UNIT/SERVICE; 1st Batt
REGIMENT; Royal Irish Rifles
BORN; Carrickfergus in 1900
LIVED; Davy’s Street, Carrickfergus
FATE; Killed in Action, France, October 14th 1918
CEMETERY; DadizeeleNew British Cemetery (Belgium) - II. A. 2.
CHURCH; St Nicholas, COI, Carrickfergus
MEMORIAL; St Nicholas, COI
REMARKS; Robert (Bobby) was the youngest son of Thomas and Margaret Kirk of Davy's Street, Carrickfergus and brother of Francis (killed in action 1st July 1916 at the Somme), Neillie, Jane and Lucy. He was born in Carrickfergus in 1900 and enlisted with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 1917 aged on 17. By this stage in the war the true horrors and huge lose of life were apparent to all but men like Bobby continued to enlist to fight for King and Country. Imagine the emotion of his parents as their 2nd second went off to fight just a year after their own son had been killed. After a short time training Bobby was sent to the Western Front were he served with distinction in France and Belgium. He was killed in action, Belgium October 14th 1918 during the last major German offensive, less than 1 month before the end of the war. He is buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery in Belgium.