Armour, Robert James (No. 1036)

Armour, Robert James (James)

Rifleman

No. 1036, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, then 11th/13th Battalion,

then 22nd Entrenching Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 28 March 1918 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pozieres Memorial, France (Panel 74 to 76)

Greyabbey and District War Memorial which is located on the outside wall of Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour)

BIOGRAPHY

Robert James Armour was born on 22 October 1893 in Mill Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Robert and Mary Jane (Jane) Armour (nee McLoughlin, sometimes McLaughlin, sometimes McLaughlan) who were married on 20 January 1882 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Robert Armour from Cunningburn, Newtownards was a son of James Armour, a fisherman.  Jane McLoughlin from Canal Row, Newtownards was a daughter of John McLoughlin, a labourer.

The Armour family lived in Newtownards, Cunningburn, Ganaway and the townland of Ballybryan, Greyabbey.

Robert Armour worked as a labourer, fisherman and flax scutcher and he and Mary Jane had at least seven children:

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 21 April 1883 in Canal Street, Newtownards)

William (born 28 August 1884 in Cunningburn)

Mary Jane (born 10 April 1886 in Cunningburn)

Isabella (born 26 February 1888 in Cunningburn)

Alexander (born 2 January 1892)

Robert James (James, born 22 October 1893 in Mill Street, Newtownards)

Margaret McLoughlin (Maggie, born 15 April 1895 in Ganaway)

Local sources suggest that their father, Robert Armour, drowned in Strangford Lough.

In 1911 James Armour was living in Mount Street, Dromore, Co Down and working as a linen weaver.

On 12 May 1915 James’s partner, Margaret Robinson, gave birth to their son James Robert Armour.  When James Armour and Margaret Robinson were married on 16 September 1915 in Ballyfrenis Presbyterian Church Carrowdore James’s address was recorded as Borden Camp in England and his occupation was recorded as a Soldier.  Margaret Robinson from Ballyrawer, Donaghadee was a daughter of Alexander Robinson, a labourer.

James Armour enlisted in Belfast and during the First World War he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

In November 1917 the 11th and 13th Battalions were amalgamated and when they were disbanded in February 1918 James was transferred to the 22nd Entrenching Battalion.  Rifleman James Armour (No. 1036) was 24 when he was killed in action on 28 March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.  He has no known grave.

Rifleman James Armour (No. 1036) had made a will and his property and effects were received by his widow Margaret who was living in Greyabbey with their son James who was less than three years old.

After the war ended Margaret Armour and Samuel McCready (sometimes McGrady) were married on 11 February 1920 in Newtownards Registry Office.

Rifleman James Armour (No. 1036) is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France and on Greyabbey and District War Memorial which is located on the outside wall of Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour).