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Robert Gair (1883-1917)

Grocer’s Assistant from Annfield Plain served with 21st and 18th DLI commemorated Arras Memorial

Robert Gair was born in Kyo, Annfield Plain in 1883. His parents were John and Mary Jane Gair and he had one brother and six sisters. He lived in Kyo, where he worked as a grocer’s assistant. He lived with his family until he married Isabella Wanless in 1914, and they had two children. He enlisted at Annfield Plain on the 12 April 1916 into the 21st Battalion, Durham light Infantry and he landed in France on 14 October. He was transferred to the 18th Battalion (The Pals) on 27 October and was killed on 3 May 1917.

Civil Parish: Kyo

Birth date: 1883

Death date: 3-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Kyo West Houses, Kyo (1891 Census)
Front Street, Annfield Plain (1901 Census)
16 South View, Annfield Plain (1911 Census)
5 Batey Street, Annfield Plain ((British Army Service Records 1914-1920)

Employment: Shop Assistant in Co-operative Society Grocer’s (1901 & 1911 Census)

Family: Father: John Gair
Mother: Mary Jane Gair (Nee Clish)
Brother: George Gair
Sisters: Ann Gair, Isabella Gair, Catherine Gair, Mary Jane Gair, Hilda Gair & Rebecca McDonald Gair
Wife: Isabella Gair (nee Wanless)
Children: John & Robert Wanless Gair

Military service:

21st Battalion DLI. Enlisted at Annfield Plain on 12 April 1916
18th Battalion (The Pals) DLI
Regimental Number: 32697

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Annfield Plain Park Cenotaph
Durham Cathedral DLI Book of Remembrance,

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards

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