Robert Riley was the son of Patrick and Mary Jane Riley, of Kimblesworth, County Durham; husband of Rhoda Riley, he enlisted in the Royal Ulster Rifles, and volunteered for airborne forces.
Corporal Riley successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, and took part in operation Overlord (Normandy).
Cpl Riley was killed in action on 19 June 1944, age 28, and was given a field burial at Breville, and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 3 July 1945.
If you are part of Cpl Riley’s family and would like to complete this biography, you can apply to the curator to do so. To do this you will need to become a member of ParaData and select the 'friend or family member' option on the registration form.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a member please visit our registration page.
Members of ParaData can submit their material by clicking on the 'Add content to this article' button on the right.
By Rod GibsonRead More