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   Major Robertson Stewart Smyth
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/08/1879
Died: 05/04/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 36
Robertson Stewart Smyth, better known within the family as Robbie Smyth, was born on 18th August 1879 He was the second son of William and Jane Robson Smyth. Robertson Smyth was educated at Dungannon Royal School and then entered Trinity College Dublin where he received a Doctorate in Medicine. Robbie won three rugby caps for Ireland in 1903 and 1904. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp on the completion of his studies in 1905. Robbie served in India from 1907-1912. Upon the outbreak of War in 1914, Robbie rose rapidly through the ranks and was promoted to Major until later that month when he was invalided as the result of gas poisoning after which he was then sent to a nursing home in London where he relinquished his commission on 22nd February of that year. Major Robertson Stewart Smyth died on 5th April 1916 aged 36 years,
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Banbridge Town Cemetery
  Banbridge, Co Armagh, 6
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty -1
There are now 6 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 8 of the 1939-1945 war here. Also buried here is Major Robertson Stewart Smyth, not included in the CWGC.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 50
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
2 Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Information on Robertson Smyth including many photos
3 Rugby History Society Sporting biography of Robertson Smyth including many photos and grave photo
4 Rugby History Society World War 1 Brief metion of Robertson Smyth
5 Smyths Of The Bann Information on Robertson Smyth and his family
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023