1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Robert McKinley

Contributed by: Peter Mason, on 2008-11-09

Robert McKinley
First Name Robert
Surname McKinley
Year of Birth 1886
Year of Death 1973
Regiment Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Mannorcunningham, Co Donegal, Other

Robert's Story

Captain Robert McKinley, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was a farmer in Co Donegal and joined up in September 1914 and rose through the ranks to 2nd Lieutenant prior to the battle of the Somme. He was part of a raid on the German trenches on the night of 7th/8th May 1916, and claims in subsequent letters to be the first Ulsterman to enter a German trench. He won the Military Cross on the first day of the Somme, his battallion was one of the few to reach their objectives on the first day. He was promoted to Captain until the end of the war.

He joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary as District Inspector until 1945. He was shot and wounded in the arm in 1923 by the B Speacials. He was seconded to serve in the British Police Mission to Greece in 1945 and retired in 1950.

He died in Belfast in 1973

Other memories

No additional memories have been submitted

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.