Private Robert Hamilton Wylie


Robert Hamilton Wylie was born on 3 April 1893 at 19 Argyle Street, Belfast, the first of ten children of iron driller Alexander Wylie and his wife Jane (née Majury). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 12 Westland Street, Belfast, with his parents and eight surviving siblings, and working as an iron works labourer.

Wylie enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 4 or 5 January 1915 (No.1378 – later Corps of Hussars No.71362). On 17 November 1915 he embarked for France with F Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 33rd Division.

In June 1916 F Squadron combined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry. By that time, however, Wylie was attached to the 2nd Army Central School of Instruction, and thus remained part of the North Irish Horse.

No further information has been located about Wylie's service through the latter part of 1917 and during 1918. On 3 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.