McConnell, Robert

McConnell, Robert

Died of disease on Tuesday 13 June 1916 (aged 23)

BIOGRAPHY

Robert McConnell’s death was reported in the 16 June 1916 edition of the County Down Spectator and also in the 17 June 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.  Described in the reports as ‘a young soldier’ and ‘a well-known Donaghadee resident’ Robert died on 13 June 1916 at his uncle’s residence.  Robert McConnell lived at 12 Shore Street, Donaghadee with his uncle and aunt Robert and Maggie Simpson and their two children, Maggie and Robert.  Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Robert McConnell and Robert Simpson Senior both worked as general labourers.

Robert McConnell joined the Army after the formation of the 36th (Ulster) Division but was discharged on medical grounds.  After that he served with the Coastguard but once again failing health necessitated his discharge.

Robert’s health continued to decline, and he was 23 when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 13 June 1916.