Brigadista Bob Doyle: From Dublin’s Slums to the Battlefields of Spain.


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By Stewart Reddin.

Brigadista Bob Doyle — Image designed by Nekane Orkaizagirre(Brigadista Bob Doyle — Image designed by Nekane Orkaizagirre)

Robert (Bob) Andrew Doyle was born on 12th February 1916 at 15 Linenhall Street in Dublin’s northwest inner city. He was the second youngest of five siblings. Bob’s parents, Peter Doyle and Margaret Alldritt, were married in Dublin on 13th November 1904. Peter was aged 20 at the time and lived on Upper Dorset Street with his three sisters. It appears that both his parents were deceased by 1901 as his eldest sister Anna, aged 20, is recorded in that year’s Census as head of the family. Peter was employed as a seaman.

Bob’s mother Margaret was 19 when she married and she lived in Kilmainham with her family. Alldritt is not a common surname in Ireland (in his biography, Brigadista, written in conjunction with Harry Owens, Bob’s mother’s family name is recorded as Aldridge, however…

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