Private Robert James Kilgore


It is most probable that this North Irish Horseman was the Robert James Kilgore born on 22 December 1883 at Magherabeg, Letterkenny, County Donegal, the first of three children of farmer Joseph Kilgore and his wife Margaret (née McCain [or McKane]). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Magherabeg with his widowed mother and working on the family farm. She died in September 1915 at the age of 71.

Kilgore enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 21 June 1916 (regimental number unknown).

At the end of December 1916 he was one of forty North Irish Horsemen who volunteered to transfer to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The formal transfer took place on 9 January 1917, and on the same day they embarked for France, where they were posted to the 10th Battalion, joining it at Ploegsteert Wood on the Ypres front on 16 January. Kilgore was issued regimental number 40649.

Kilgore remained with the battalion until it was disbanded in January 1918. He was then posted to the 1st Battalion. On 26 May that year he was transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.45835) and posted to the 16th Battalion.

On 6 November 1919 Kilgore was discharged as being no longer fit for military service (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations), due to "delusional insanity".

Soon after his discharge he was living at 91 Spencer Road, Londonderry.