Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial
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
National Archives of Ireland
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
- Agnes Turkington died in 1903 leaving five children under ten years old.
- Robert was hospitalised between 16th July 1915 and 6th August 1916 with pleurisy.
- 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.