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Robert Mills

Rank: Gunner
Townland: Clonbrin
Town/Village: Abbeyshrule
Civil Parish: Abbeyshrule
Catholic Parish: Carrickedmond
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Clonbrin, Abbeyshrule
Census 1911: Resident at Clonbrin, Abbeyshrule as Walter William Glynne.
Regiment/Unit: Royal Field Artillery, 'B' Battery, 107th Brigade
Regiment Number: 187412
Date of Death: 14-06-1917
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium

Robert James Mills was born in Clonbrin on the 29 April 1897. He enlisted in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in November 1916, but was killed in action just over six months later, aged merely 20 years.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour;
Mills, Robert James, Gunner No 187412, Royal Field Artillery, 4th son of the late James Mills, of Clonbrin, Abbeyshrule, County Longford, Farmer, by his wife, Margaret, daughter of the late Thomas McKeon, of Abbeyshrule. Born at Clonbrin, 29 April, 1897. Educated at Tashinny, County Longford. Enlisted 04 November, 1916, served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action by a shell 14 June, 1917. His commanding Officer wrote of him as a brilliant and courageous gunner, whose loss would be deeply regretted by his comrades, He was unmarried.

Robert's brother, John Mills, also served in the Great War.  They were first cousins of Alexander Fry, and Thomas Fry who both served in the Great War; Thomas was killed in action at Gallipoli.

Parents Names: Son of James Mills and Margaret (née McKeon), of Clonbrin, Abbeyshrule.

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