No. 18492, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 20)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
Bangor and District War Memorial
Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque
Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum
Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)
Robert Moore was born on 28 October 1895 in Abbey Street, Bangor and he was a son of Robert and Katherine (Catherine) Elizabeth Moore (nee Bryan, sometimes Brien) who were married on 2 November 1886 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s). Robert Moore, a minor from Bangor, was a son of Alexander Moore, a labourer. Katherine Bryan, aged 21 from Bangor, was a daughter of William Bryan, a coast guard.
The Moore family lived in Castle Street and Abbey Street, Bangor and then for a time in Plymouth. When they returned to Bangor they lived in Abbey Street.
Robert Moore was a journeyman tailor and he and Katherine had at least five children including:
Alexander (born 5 November 1886 in Castle Street, Bangor)
Mabel (born around 1887/1888 in England)
Kathleen (born around 1892/1893 in England)
Robert (born 28 October 1895 in Abbey Street, Bangor)
Both Alexander and Robert Moore were baptised in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).
Before the war, Robert Moore worked as an apprentice cabinet maker and his elder brother Alexander worked as a van driver.
Both Robert and Alexander Moore were members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, they enlisted in Bangor and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Rifleman Robert Moore was 20 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he has no known grave.
Rifleman Robert Moore (No. 18492) is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 61) and on the Memorial Plaque in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).
Rifleman Alexander Moore was wounded in action on 1 July 1916 and, shortly after he returned to front line duty, he was wounded again in September 1916. After Alexander recovered from his injuries he returned to Bangor where he worked as a tailor. Alexander Moore and Annie Beattie were married on 22 March 1920 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.
Robert Moore’s sister Kathleen married James Oliver McCullough on 15 October 1910 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s). Kathleen Moore was 17 and James McCullough, aged 22, was a ‘chauffeur-mechanic’ and a son of John McCullough, a book-keeper.
James Oliver McCullough (No. F6293) from Bangor also served during the First World War. He served from June 1915 until April 1918 with the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) Russian Armoured Cars Section.