Regan, Robert (No. 19183)

Regan, Robert (Robbie)

Rifleman

No. 19183, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 21)

Buried:

A.I.F. Burial Ground, France (Grave X. A. 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ballywalter and District War Memorial

Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)

Brother of Rifleman Samuel Hugh Regan (No. 19177)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Regin.

Robert Regan was born on 11 March 1895 in the townland of Springvale, Ballywalter and he was the second son of John and Catherine Regan (nee Reid) who were married on 3 October 1884 in Second Ballywalter Presbyterian Church.

John Regan worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Catherine had three children:

Samuel Hugh (born 14 July 1885 in Tullykevin)

Annie Eliza (born 1 July 1888 in Ballyboghilbow)

Robert (born 11 March 1895 in Springvale)

Robert Regan was baptised in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church and he was 4 when his mother Catherine died of tuberculosis on 2 January 1900 (aged 35).

His father John married Elizabeth (Eliza) Thompson from Ballyhalbert on 26 February 1909 in Glastry Presbyterian Church.  John and Eliza had at least two children:

Isabella (born 19 November 1910 in Springvale)

John (born 24 October 1913 in Ballywalter)

Both Isabella and John were baptised in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church.

Robert was the first of the two Regan brothers to die during the Great War.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Robert Regan worked as an agricultural labourer.  He enlisted in Ballywalter and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman Robert Regan was 21 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and he was buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, France.

Rifleman Robert Regan is commemorated on Ballywalter and District War Memorial and in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).