Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial


Robert Turkington


Date of Birth – 18th February 1896 (GRONI reference U/1896/5/1001/14/337)

Place of Birth – Coggery

Date of enlistment – 18th June 1916 in Belfast

Address at time of enlistment – Coggery

Next of Kin – Robert Tarkington (father)

Address of next of kin – Coggery

Trade or Calling – Doffer in spinning mill

Service No. 12/7538

Unit – 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Rank – Rifleman

Died – 20th April 1917 (GRONI reference D/1917/5/1001/14/264) 

Place of Death – Home

Age at Death – 20

Buried – TBC

Commemorations – Ballyclare War Memorial and Kilbride Parish Church

Marital status – Single

Parents – Robert Turkington 

Agnes Turkington (nee Adamson) Died 23rd July 1903 (GRONI reference D/1903/5/1001/11/168)

Parents married 30th January 1885 (GRONI reference M/1885/P1/2060/1/95)

Siblings – John, Janet (or Jane), Maria*, Maggie*, Harry, (Robert), Aggie, Maggie**, Marie** (or Maria) and Martha

(from 1901 and 1911 censuses).  

* Died in infancy

**Girls were twins


Records Available

National Archives of Ireland

Census Records

1901 Census –  Coggery

Robert, Son, Church of Ireland, Cannot read, 5, M, Scholar, Not married, Co. Antrim

1911 Census – Coggery

Robert, Son, Church of Ireland, Read and write, 15, Doffer in spinning mill, Single, Co. Antrim



  1. Agnes Turkington died in 1903 leaving five children under ten years old.
  2. Robert was hospitalised between 16th July 1915 and 6th August 1916 with pleurisy.
  3. Robert was discharged from the army on 3rd January 1917 and declared no longer fit for service at home or abroad.  He had contracted tuberculosis in his lung.  He died three months later.