McIntyre, Robert William

McIntyre, Robert William (Robert)

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Second Lieutenant

11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment 

Killed in action on Thursday 25 July 1918 (aged 22)

Buried:

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, France (Plot 2 Row B Grave 12)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Grammar School

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

Robert William McIntyre was born on 16 January 1896 in High Street, Holywood and he was the second son of John and Jeanie Isabella McIntyre (nee Thomson, sometimes Thompson) who were married on 15 January 1891 in Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church Belfast.  John McIntyre, a widower and merchant (grocer) from Holywood was a son of Robert McIntyre, a farmer.  Jeanie Isabella Thomson from Holywood was a daughter of John G. Thomson, a minister.

The McIntyre family lived at 64 Seacliffe Road, Bangor (in 1901) and in Whittinghame Villa, 7 Knock Road, Belfast (in 1911)

John and Jeanie Isabella McIntyre had two children:

John Gibson Thomson (born 7 March 1892 in High Street, Holywood)

Robert William (born 16 January 1896 in High Street, Holywood)

Both boys were young when their father died in a diabetic coma at 12 Seacliff Terrace, Bangor on 13 April 1900 (aged 44).  He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Grave K1. 422).

Jeanie McIntyre died at 7 Knock Road, Belfast on 28 January 1954 (aged 85) and she was buried in Belfast City Cemetery in the same grave as her late husband.

Robert William McIntyre attended Bangor Grammar School from 1905 until 1908 and then Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI).  Prior to the outbreak of the Great War he worked in the linen business.  He enlisted on 17 September 1914 and served overseas with the 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers from November 1915 until July 1916 when he was severely wounded.  He suffered gunshot wounds to his face, back and right arm and he also fractured his right shoulder blade. He recovered and on 27 March 1917 he was commissioned into the East Yorkshire Regiment (the Hull Tradesmen Battalion).

Second Lieutenant Robert William McIntyre was awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List for 1918 ‘in recognition of an act of gallantry not in the presence of the enemy’.  He was killed in action on 25 July 1918 when he was hit by machine gun fire during an attack south east of Monchy-le-Preux during the Third Battle of the Scarpe.  Second Lieutenant Robert William McIntyre was 22 when he died, and he was buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

ONLY GOOD-NIGHT BELOVED

NOT FAREWELL

Second Lieutenant Robert William McIntyre is commemorated in Bangor Grammar School; in Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) and in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.