Private Isaac Robb


Isaac Robb was born (as Richard Robb) on 1 November 1882 at Carrowmannan, Newry, County Armagh, the sixth of seven children of farmer and shoemaker John Robb and his wife Fanny (nee King). His mother died when he was just two years old, and a year later his father remarried. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his father, step-mother and older brother at Carrowmannan and working as a farmer.

Robb enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 23 February and 28 March 1912 (No.690 – later Corps of Hussars No.71073). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

Robb remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 21 February 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

After the war Robb returned to farming at Carrowmannan. On 3 December 1919 he married widow Eliza Johnston (nee McCalister) at Newry Presbyterian Church. He died at Carrowmannon on 19 January 1963.