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11227   Private Robert Wigton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/10/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/08/1895
Died: 20/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Summary      
Robert Wigton was the son of William and Margaret Wigton, of Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, Co. Tyrone. He was born about 1896 in Killyman, County Tyrone. The 1911 census shows Robert and his sister Ellen working as servants for John Richardson and his sister in Bernagh, Killyman, County Tyrone. Robert Wigton enlisted in Dungannon. Private Robert Wigton (11227) was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Belgium on 20th October 1918, age 22. He died 6 months after his brother Frederick. Private Wigton is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.. Harlebeke village was taken on the night of 19-20 October 1918 by the 9th (Scottish) Division.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Harlebeke New British Cemetery
  Harlebeke, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave VII-A-7
CWGC Casualty 486612
Summary      
Harlebeke New British Cemetery is located 32 kilometres east of Ieper town centre on a road leading from the N8 Meenseweg, connecting Ieper to Menen, Wevelgem, Kortrijk and Zwevegem.
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Local Memorial Details

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1 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Wiggam' family Lists Frederick as age 16 living with the family at house 10 in Cavan, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Robert Wigton Lists Robert as age 15 working as a servant at house 2 in Bernagh, Tyrone
3 Find A Grave Photo of Private Robert Wigton's gravestone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Robert Wigton
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Private Frederick Wigton Brother of Private Robert Wigton
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert Wigton's gravestone can be purchased here