No. 7046535, 2nd Battalion the London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles
Died of wounds on Sunday 12 November 1944 (aged 22)
Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy (Grave V. D. 5)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s)
Robert Warden was the youngest son of John and Sarah Warden (nee McNeilly) of 70 Greenwell Street, Newtownards. John Warden worked as a labourer and he and Sarah McNeilly were married on 30 September 1914 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s). John Warden was a son of Alexander Warden, a labourer. Sarah McNeilly was a daughter of David McNeilly, a weaver.
John and Sarah Warden (nee McNeilly) had at least six children:
Ellen Jane (Eleanor, born 28 February 1915 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Mary Ann (Ann, sometimes Minnie, born 18 May 1916 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Margaret (Maggie, born 23 April 1917 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
John (born 5 May 1918 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
David McNeilly (David, born 27 March 1920 in Greenwell Street, Newtownards)
Robert (born around 1922)
Robert Warden enlisted after the outbreak of the Second World War and, in the Press, it was reported that he had service with the Royal Irish Fusiliers before being posted to the London Irish Rifles. He served through the North African campaign before going to Italy. Initially his father was informed that Robert had been seriously wounded and then it was officially confirmed that he had died of his wounds on 12 November 1944.
There were four Died of Wounds notices in the 25 November 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle – one from his widowed father, brother, and sister; one from his sister Margaret and brother-in-law Jim Martin of 59 East Street, Newtownards; one from his brother David and sister-in-law Peggy Warden of 58 William Street, Newtownards and one from his sister Eleanor and brother-in-law James McCracken (RAF) of 70 Greenwell Street, Newtownards.
On 3 January 1945, his sister Ann married Chief Petty Officer Frederick Victor Ewles, Fleet Air Arm in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s). Frederick Victor Ewles’ parents lived at 51 Cockayne Street, Derby.
Rifleman Robert Warden (No. 7046535) was 22 when he died, and he was buried in Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
SADLY MISSED BY
HIS SORROWING FATHER,
SISTER AND BROTHERS
Rifleman Robert Warden (No. 7046535) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).