Royal Irish Rifles
Newtownards and District War Memorial
The name George Stratton is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Rifleman in the Royal Irish Rifles. The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.
A George Stratton who served with the Royal Irish Rifles (No. 7206) enlisted on 31 August 1914 and was discharged on 19 April 1916 when he was deemed to be no longer physically fit for war service. He did not serve overseas.
A George Stratton, late of 34 Thomas’s Street, Newtownards died of capillary bronchitis in Newtownards Hospital on 18 October 1929 (aged 42) and he was buried in Movilla Cemetery.
In 1901 brothers George and Hamilton Stratton lived with their mother Agnes in Thomas’s Street, Newtownards. George (aged 15) worked as a messenger in the Town Hall; Hamilton (aged 9) was at school. Agnes, who wasn’t married, worked as a washerwoman in a laundry.
In 1911 brothers George and Hamilton Stratton still lived with their mother Agnes in Thomas’s Street, Newtownards. George (aged 25) worked as a labourer in a factory; Hamilton (aged 19) worked as a steamer in a factory. Agnes worked as a charwoman.
Agnes Stratton had two sons:
George (born 14 March 1886 in West Street, Newtownards)
Hamilton (born 21 September 1891 in West Street, Newtownards)
Desk searches and public appeals to date have not conclusively confirmed a connection between these family and service data and the soldier who is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.