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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 14/08/1887
Died: 27/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 29
Robert Hugh Wilson was the youngest child of James and Margaret Wilson. He was born on 14th August 1887 in Bellaghy. He was one of ten children, seven surviving. The family lived in Bellaghy. His father was a grocer, druggist and a farmer. Robert emigrated to New Zealand. Prior to enlisting, Robert was a driver. He lived at St Georges Road, Hastings and worked for Hastings Borough Council. Robert enlisted in August 1915. Private Robert Hugh Wilson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment when he was killed in action in France on 27th September 1916 in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Caterpiller Valley N.Z. Memorial
  Longueval, Somme, 
Grave Ref: No Ref
CWGC Casualty 1464049
Longueval is 13 kilometres east of Albert. Caterpillar Valley was the name given by the army to the long valley which rises eastwards, past Caterpillar Wood, to the high ground at Guillemont.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
2 Bellaghy Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Bellaghy
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 100
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Wilson family 1901 census lists Robert as age 11 living with the family at house 1 in Oldtown Downing, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Wilson family 1911 census lists Robert Hugh as age 22 living with the family at house 1 in Oldtown (Downing), Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private Robert Hugh Wilson
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Robert Hugh Wilson
5 Dolores Cross Project No picture of grave
6 Manawatu Recruiting District (No 6) Scullion, P, general labourer, Ohutu
7 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private Robert Hugh Wilson
8 NOK Address in Ireland Mrs M Wilson, Mother, Bellaghy Londonderry Ireland
9 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private Robert Hugh Wilson including grave photo
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023