Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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02/05/2021 Private Robert Hamilton is listed on page 65 of the Fivemiletown book, from which some of these details come from. Many thanks to Mark Byers for the information.
02/05/2021 Private Robert Hamilton is also commemorated on the WWI Plaque in Mullahara Orange Hall, County Monaghan.
02/05/2021 Private Hamilton arrived in France with the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 4th October 1915.
02/05/2021 Private Robert Hamilton is also commemorated locally on Fivemiletown War Memorial.
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30/12/2015 Most of the information here was derived from the Michael Fisher’s research and website (see below).
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Robert as age 9 boarding at house 9 in Brockagh, Clabby, County Fermanagh.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census lists Robert as age 19 boarding at house 5 in Kilmore East, Scotstown, County Monaghan. He was working as a servant.
30/12/2015 Robert Hamilton was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force in County Monaghan.
30/12/2015 Robert Hamilton enlisted in Monaghan in the Royal Irish Fusiliers when a recruitment party came to town in February 1915.
30/12/2015 Private Robert Hamilton survived unscathed during the five month long Battle of the Somme in 1916.
30/12/2015 However, sometime afterwards, possibly in 1917, he was 'stricken with fever' and was brought back to Britain as an invalid. He then returned home to Monaghan to recuperate.
30/12/2015 Private Hamilton left Ballinode on Easter Saturday, March 30th 1918, and returned to his unit on the western front in France,
30/12/2015 Private Robert Hamilton was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) when he was killed in action on 19th April 1918, three weeks after rejoining his unit. He was 26 years old.
30/12/2015 Robert Hamilton was the son of Mary Hamilton. He was born about 1892 in Clabby, County Fermanagh, near Fivemiletown.
30/12/2015 Private Robert Hamilton is also commemorated on a plaque in St Dympna's Church of Ireland church in Bellanode, County Monaghan.
30/12/2015 Private Robert Hamilton has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial near Ypres.
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