Graham, Robert Wallace
No. 23321, 9th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)
Died of disease on Sunday 5 August 1917 (aged 37)
Ste Marie Cemetery, France (Grave Division 62. I. G. 6)
Kilbroney Church of Ireland Church, Rostrevor, Co. Down
Robert Wallace Graham was born on 10 October 1879 in Canal Street, Newry and he was a son of Hugh and Emily Graham (nee Gordon) who were married on 15 August 1878 in High Street Reformed Presbyterian Church Newry.
The Graham family lived in Canal Street, Newry and in Mary Street Rostrevor.
Hugh Graham was the manager in a linen factory and he and Emily had at least ten children:
Robert (born 10 October 1879 in Canal Street, Newry)
Frances Elisabeth (Elsie, born 14 July 1881 in Rostrevor)
Margaret (Daisy, born 8 August 1883 in Rostrevor)
Hubert Gordon (born 3 August 1885 in Rostrevor)
Annie (born 26 July 1887 in Little Rock, Rostrevor)
John (Jack, born 21 August 1888 in Rostrevor)
Emily (Millie, born 6 May 1890 in Little Rock, Rostrevor)
Bessie McCullough (born 20 June 1892 in Little Rock, Rostrevor)
Hugh (born 26 August 1894 in Little Rock, Rostrevor)
William (Will, born 10 October 1896)
Robert Wallace Graham enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Corporal Robert Wallace Graham was 37 when he died of cerebro-spinal meningitis on 5 August 1917 and he was buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
UNTIL THE DAY DAWN
His wife Nance was living in Drumadarra, Craigavad, Holywood.
Nance’s full name, as recorded in Army papers, was Mrs Annie Elizabeth Graham; it was noted that she was born on 2 October 1879, and had two children:
Norah (born 27 October 1905)
Hugh William (born 5 June 1907)
Corporal Robert Wallace Graham (No. 23321) is commemorated in Kilbroney Church of Ireland Church, Rostrevor, Co. Down.