No. 17/2329, 11th Battalion, then 11th/13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of wounds on Saturday 8 December 1917 (aged 38)
Sunken Road Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France (Grave A. 5)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour
Robert Newberry was born on 1 January 1879 at 97 Lemon’s Row, Castlereagh, Belfast and he was a son of Samuel and Mary Eliza Newberry (nee Callighan, sometimes Calaghan) who were married on 25 December 1874 in York Street Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church Belfast. Samuel Newberry from Belfast was a son of John Newberry, a baker. Mary Eliza Callighan from Ballymacarrett was a daughter of Thomas Callighan, a labourer.
The Newberry family lived in Calvin Street, Belfast and at 1 Channing Street, Belfast.
Samuel Newberry worked as a riveter in the Queen’s Island shipyard and he and Mary had at least four children including:
John (born 25 September 1875 at 55 Lemon’s Row, Castlereagh, Belfast)
Robert (born 1 January 1879 at 97 Lemon’s Row, Castlereagh, Belfast)
Samuel Miles (born 9 March 1886 at 65 Lemon’s Row, Castlereagh, Belfast)
Robert Newberry and Katharine (Kate) Moulton (born in England) were married on 1 December 1902 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast. Robert Newberry (aged 24) from 4 Morelands Row, Belfast was a son of Samuel Newberry, a riveter. Kate Moilton (aged 27) from 45 Nelson Street, Belfast was a daughter of James Moulton, a miner.
The Newberry family lived in Belfast, in Thorndyke Street and Lecumpher Street and later in Spencer Street Holywood. Robert Newberry worked as a holder-upper in the shipyard and he and Kate had at least three children:
Hannah Ellen (born 9 February 1905 at 115 Thorndyke Street, Belfast)
Robert (born 3 January 1907 at 115 Thorndyke Street, Belfast)
Frank (born 14 October 1911 at 16 Lecumpher Street, Belfast)
Robert Newberry enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. The 11th and 13th Battalions were amalgamated in November 1917 and Rifleman Robert Newberry was 38 when he died of wounds on 8 December 1917. He was buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France
Rifleman Robert Newberry (No. 17/2329) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 505).