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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.
Further Information
Robert Wigton was the second youngest son of William and Margaret Wigton. William Wigton married ‘Harriet’ Powell on 25th January 1884 in the district of Dungannon.
Robert was born on 8th August 1895 at Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of six children.
The 1901 census records Robert as a 5 years old scholar. The family were living in Cavan, Bernagh, Killyman, County Tyrone.
Family: William Wigton, Margaret ‘Harriet’ Wigton, Frederick Wigton (born 18th May 1885), Sarah Wigton (born 3rd June 1887), Ellen Wigton (born 14th October 1889), William Wigton (born 18th January 1893), Robert Wigton (born 8th August 1895), Andrew Wigton (born 16th April 1900).
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.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 29th May 1916:
Another member of the Tyrone Volunteers in the person of Private William Wigton is reported wounded. He is the younger son of the late Mr William Wigton, Cavan, Killyman, Dungannon.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 1 June 1916
Intimation has been received by his relatives in Cavan, Killyman, that Private Robert Wigton, Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been wounded in action. He had been in the employment of Mr John Richardson, Fernshaw
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 3rd June 1916:
Private Robert Wigton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who has been wounded in action, is a son of the late Mr William Wigton, Cavan, Killyman, Dungannon, and was in the employment of Mr John Richardson, Fernshaw, Dungannon. His elder brother, Private Fred Wigton, is a member of the 12th (Reserve) Battalion of the Inniskilling Fusiliers.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 10 August 1916:
Mrs Fred Wigton, Cavan, Dungannon, has received intimation that her brother-in-law, Private Robert Wigton, Inniskilling Fusiliers, is in hospital in Leicester, suffering from bullet wounds to the thigh.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
Mrs Wigton, Cavan, Killyman, has received intimation that her son, Private Robert Wigton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, is in hospital in Leicester, England, suffering from bullet wounds in the thigh received during the recent advance. Private Wigton, who was prior to enlistment in the employment of Mr John Richardson, Fernshaw, was an efficient member of Killyman Company Dungannon Battalion U.V.F. His brother, Fred, is a private in the 12th Battalion of the same regiment.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 4 April 1918:
The following men of the Inniskillings from Dungannon district are reported wounded:- Private Thomas Orr, son of Mr A Orr senior, Moygashel; Private Robert Wigton, Cavan, Killyman, Private Samuel Stafford, Broughadoey, Moy; Private William Nixon, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Perry Street, Dungannon (late Inniskilling Dragoon); Private G Hodgett, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 7 November 1918:
Private Robert Wigton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 20th October, was a son of Mrs Margaret Wigton, Cavan, Moy. He had volunteered from the ranks of the Dungannon Battalion U.V.F. and had been thrice previously wounded. He was formerly in the employment of Mr John Richardson, Fernshaw. His brother, Private Fred Wigton of the same regiment is presumed to have been killed during the retreat from St Quentin in March last.
Last Will and Testament of Robert Wigton:
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my mother, Mrs Margaret Wigton, Killyman, Moy, Co Tyrone. Signed Robert Wigton. Private 11227. 3/R Inniskilling Fusiliers. 18th June 1918
Private Wigton is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium. Harlebeke is located 32 kilometres east of Ypres. Harlebeke village was taken on the night of 19-20 October 1918 by the 9th (Scottish) Division.
The CWGC records Robert Wigton as the son of William and Margaret Wigton, of Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, Co. Tyrone.
Robert Wigton an older brother who also died in the war. Private Frederick Wigton (27312) was serving with C Company in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France & Flanders on 29th March 1918, age 33.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cavan Hill, Killyman Killyman CWGC lists parents in Cavan Hill 54.49953 -6.702096
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
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2018