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30/12/2015 Private Mills was taken prisoner of war on 2nd April 1918 at the battle of Kemmel Hill and was released after the Armistice. During the time he was a prisoner in Germany, he got hurt working at bar iron and septic poisoning set in and he was sent to hospital in France after the Armistice.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 6 November 1919: Military Funeral
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30/12/2015 The funeral of Private Robert Mills, late 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers, took place on Tuesday from his father's residence Aughintane to Fivemiletown Churchyard with military honours and was very largely attended by all classes and creeds. The deceased joined up in November 1914 and went out to France in 1915 being transferred to the Ulster Division. He was taken prisoner of war on 2nd April 1918 at the battle of Kemmel Hill and was released after the Armistice. During the time he was a prisoner in Germany, he got hurt working at bar iron and septic poisoning set in and he was sent to hospital in France after the Armistice. From there he was brought home to England and sent to the U.V.F. Hospital in Belfast where he was discharged last June. Three weeks ago he was admitted to Omagh Infirmary suffering from his formal injury and meningitis set in and he passed away on Monday morning last.
30/12/2015 A detachment of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry stationed at Enniskillen was present and marched in front of the hearse. Immediately after the hearse, the Fivemiletown branch of the Comrades of the Great War, numbering over forty, marched the procession in charge of Lieutenant Armstrong and Captain Robert Bloomfield. The Rev John McDowell held a service at the house prior to the funeral and also officiated at the graveside after which the usual volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. The deceased was only twenty-three years of age and was most popular with everybody and great sympathy is felt for his parents and family in their sad bereavement.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Robert as age 5 living with the family at house 12 in Tullyquinn Glebe, Aughintane, County Tyrone. His father and his mother were both labourers.
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30/12/2015 Robert Mills enlisted in November 1914 and went out to France in 1915 being transferred to the Ulster Division.
30/12/2015 Family: William Mills, Margaret Mills, Lizzie Mills (born about 1892), Maggie Mills (born about 1894), Robert Mills (born about 1896). Another sister was born around 1902.
30/12/2015 From France he was brought home to England and sent to the U.V.F. Hospital in Belfast where he was discharged in June 1919.
30/12/2015 In October 1919 Private Robert Mills was admitted to Omagh Infirmary suffering from his formal injury and meningitis set in and he passed away on Monday 26th October 1919. He was 23 years old.
30/12/2015 At his funeral, a detachment of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry stationed at Enniskillen was present and marched in front of the hearse. Immediately after the hearse, the Fivemiletown branch of the Comrades of the Great War, numbering over forty, marched the procession in charge of Lieutenant Armstrong and Captain Robert Bloomfield.
30/12/2015 The Rev John McDowell held a service at the house prior to the funeral and also officiated at the graveside after which the usual volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded.
30/12/2015 Private Robert Mills is buried in Fivemiletown Church of Ireland Cemetery.
30/12/2015 Robert Mills was the son of William and Margaret Mills. Robert was born about 1896 in county Tyrone.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census paper, although slightly damaged, shows Robert as age 15 still living with the family at house 12 in Tullyquin Glebe, Aughintane, County Tyrone. His father is listed as a farm servant, as is Robert.
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