Private Robert Henry Faulkner


Robert Henry Faulkner was born on 15 March 1879 at Aghahoo, Castlederg, County Tyrone, the last of at least eight children of farmer Samuel Faulkner and his wife Mary Anne (nee Robb). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Aghahoo with his widowed mother and three siblings and working on the family farm.

Faulkner enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Castlederg on 25 October 1912 (No.744). He stated his age as 24, rather than his actual age of 33.

On 8 August 1914, following the outbreak of war, Faulkner was mobilised, reporting for duty at Londonderry. He spent much of September and October 1914 in hospital, however, suffering from myalgia. On 21 October he was examined by a medical board, which found that he suffered from chronic rheumatism.

Faulkner was discharged at Londonderry seven days later as not physically fit for military service (paragraph 154xi, Special Reserve Regulations). His military character was recorded as 'very good'.