Poole, Robert James (Robert)
No. 7544, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 683942, 1st Reserve Garrison Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, transferred to Labour Corps
Died of disease on Sunday 3 July 1927 (aged 47)
Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery (Grave 4. 68)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
In some records his surname is spelt Pool.
Robert James Poole was born on 10 May 1880 in Georges Street, Newtownards and he was the eldest son of James and Sarah Jane Poole (nee Orme, sometimes Orum) who were married on 16 March 1878 in St John’s Church of Ireland Church, Laganbank, Belfast.
The Poole family lived in Newtownards, in North Street, in Georges Street, in Court Street and at 110 Greenwell Street.
James Poole worked as a labourer and he and Sarah had at least nine children:
Isabella (born 4 April 1878 in North Street, Newtownards)
Robert James (born 10 May 1880 in Georges Street, Newtownards)
Sarah Jane (born 25 July 1882 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Hugh Larmour (born 18 June 1884 in Court Street, Newtownards)
Samuel Orme (born 22 April 1887 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
John O’Haire (born 20 October 1891 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
William Haire (born 28 November 1895 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Eliza Orme (born 23 January 1899 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Minnie Stratton (born 17 December 1901 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
At least seven of the children were baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.
Their father, James Poole died of tuberculosis on 18 March 1906 (aged 45) and their mother, Sarah Jane Poole, died of tuberculosis on 29 October 1916 (aged 56).
When Robert James Poole enlisted on 26 March 1915 in Belfast he gave his address as 5 Greenwell Street, Newtownards. He declared that he was aged 35, a Presbyterian and he worked as a barber. He cited his wife Elizabeth Poole (nee Cargo) as his next-of-kin.
Robert James Poole and Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Cargo were married on 4 April 1904 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church. Lizzie, aged 20, was a daughter of John Cargo, a blacksmith.
Robert James Elizabeth Jane Poole (nee Cargo) had at least seven children:
Jane Cargo (born 23 September 1904 in Court Square, Newtownards)
Hugh (born 15 March 1907 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Sarah (born 15 May 1909 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Elizabeth (born 8 March 1913 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Robert James (23 January 1915 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Sarah (born 9 October 1916)
William John (born around 1920)
Robert Poole joined the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 7544) and he was rated first class in musketry. On 14 May 1918, Rifleman Robert James Poole was transferred to ‘D’ Company 1st Reserve Garrison Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (No. 683942) and it was noted in his records that he was sick in September 1918. Subsequently he was transferred to the Labour Corps and on 21 March 1919 he went to the Army Reserve. Rifleman Robert James Poole did not serve overseas.
Ex- Rifleman Robert James Poole died of tuberculosis at home, 5 Greenwell Street, on 3 July 1927 (aged 47). His wife Elizabeth was with him when he died.
Ex-Rifleman Robert James Poole is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial. The Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony was held on Saturday 26 May 1934 and the organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.