No. 27762, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action on Tuesday 15 October 1918 (aged 23)
Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium (Grave III. C. 11)
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Robert Whiteside was born in County Tyrone, lived in Newtownards and enlisted in Londonderry.
Robert Whiteside was born on 8 April 1895 in the townland of Ballaghalare, Strabane and he was a son of John and Eliza Ann Whiteside (nee Watt) whose marriage on 23 November 1877 was registered in Strabane.
The Whiteside family lived near Strabane, in the townlands of Windyhill, Gobnascale, Ballaghalare and Coolermoney.
John Whiteside worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Eliza Ann had at least nine children:
Unnamed male child (born 15 November 1878 in Windyhill, Strabane; died 15 November 1878)
John James (born 6 October 1879 in Windyhill, Strabane)
Anne Eliza (Lizzie, born 9 July 1881 in Windyhill, Strabane)
Thomas (born 4 December 1882 in Windyhill, Strabane; died 2 June 1885)
William (born 24 May 1885 in Gobnascale, Strabane; died 29 May 1885)
Bella Colhoun (born 12 December 1885 in Gobnascale, Strabane)
Thomas (born 2 April 1888 in Ballaghalare, Strabane)
Matilda Jane (born 21 June 1893 in Ballaghalare, Strabane)
Robert (born 8 April 1895 in Ballaghalare, Strabane)
Robert was nine when his mother died of heart disease in Coolermoney on 12 June 1904 (aged 44).
After leaving school, Robert Whiteside worked as an agricultural labourer.
During the Great War, Private Robert Whiteside served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 12th Brigade of the 4th Division and, when he was killed in action on 15 October 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line, the Battalion was in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Private Robert Whiteside was 23 when he died and he was buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Belgium.
In the Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that Robert’s brothers John and Thomas and his sisters Bella and Lizzie received the monies due to him after he died in service.
Robert’s father died of heart disease in Coolermoney on 1 May 1919 (aged 64) and Robert’s brother John was with his father when he died. John Whiteside lived at 69 Winston Street, Parkhead, Glasgow.