Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial

Robert Bill

Date of Birth – 10th October 1883 (GRONI reference number U/1883/5/1001/9/352)

Place of Birth – Ballyvoy, Kilbride, Ballyclare

Date of enlistment – unknown

Address at time of enlistment – Ballyvoy, Kilbride, Ballyclare

Next of Kin – Mary Bill (wife)

Address of next of kin – Fisherwick, Doagh

Trade or Calling – General labourer

Service No. 18/300

Unit – 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Rank – Rifleman (Private)

Died – 25th June 1916

Place of Death – Thiepval

Age at Death – 32

Buried – No known grave

Commemorations – Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 15A and 15B, Ballyclare War Memorial and Kilbride Parish Church

Marital status – Married

Wife’s Name – Mary McClure.  Married on 22nd December 1909 (GRONI reference number M/1909/P1/2060/2/68)

Wife’s Address – Fisherwick, Doagh on his will and Douglas Villas, Coggrey, Doagh on CWGC at time of his death

Issue – Roberta Bill born 4th August 1916 (GRONI reference number U/1916/51/1007/70/479)

Parents – Frank and Mary Bill (née Cobain) of Ballyvoy, Doagh

Parents married 29th August 1883 (GRONI reference number M/1883/P1/2079/3/91)

Frank died 22nd May 1899 aged 46 (GRONI reference D/1899/5/1001/10/131)

 

Records Available

The National Archives

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Medal card available

 

National Archives of Ireland

Soldiers’ Wills

www.soldierswill.nationalarchives.ie

WO Number E/197756/1

Robert Bill’s will is recorded on this website and the entry reads;

In the event of my death I give the whole of my property and effects to my wife Mary Bill, Fisherwick, Doagh, Co. Antrim

Signature of Soldier – Robert Bill    Date – 1916 

Witness – R McCrea

 

Census Records

1901 Census – Duncansland, Ballyvoy, Kilbride

Robert Bill, Son, Presbyterian, Aged 17, Farmer’s son

1911 Census – Ballycorr Road, Ballyclare

Robert Bill, Head, Church of Ireland, Aged 26, General labourer

 

Notes

Robert Bill was a founder member of Kilbride Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 1107, Sixmilewater District

His daughter Roberta was born less than 6 weeks after his death.  She married unknown Moffett