Private Robert Daulton


Robert Daulton was born on 28 January 1891 at Feddans, Garvary, County Fermanagh, the third of four children of farmer William Daulton and his wife Mary Ellen (nee Elliott). His father died just before his tenth birthday. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Feddans with his moher and three siblings and working on the family farm.

Daulton enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 30 July and 19 August 1912 (No.727 – later Corps of Hussars No.71086). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In May 1916 A Squadron came together with D and E Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Daulton remained with the regiment throughout the war. Little is known about his experiences, other than that in November-December 1915 he was hospitalised in the 5th Stationary Hospital and the 7th General Hospital suffering from scabies.

On 16 February 1919 Daulton was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

On 20 August 1919 he married Margaret Matilda Daulton of Killashanbally, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh at the Garvary Church of Ireland Parish Church. He died at Feddans on 28 June 1963.


Daulton's brother Andrew also served in the North Irish Horse during the war.