Hanna, Robert Alexander (No. 1326)

Hanna, Robert Alexander (Robert)

Private

No. 1326, 1st Battalion, Australian Infantry, AIF

Died on Sunday 2 May 1915 (aged 32)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Australian War Memorial

Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 14)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Alexander Hanna was born on 11 November 1882 in Main Street, Bangor and he was the younger son of Joseph and Jane Hanna (nee Bowman) who were married on 6 July 1871 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor.

The Hanna family lived in Main Street, Bangor.

Joseph Hanna was a grocer and he and Jane had six children:

Isabella (born 15 April 1872 in Bangor; baptised 7 July 1872 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor)

Mary Strahan (born 26 February 1874 in Bangor; baptised 14 May 1874 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor)

James Bowman (born 28 December 1875 in Bangor; baptised 2 April 1876 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor; died 24 August 1964 aged 88)

Jane (Jennie, born 15 April 1878 in Main Street, Bangor; baptised 7 July 1878 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor)

Agnes (born 29 May 1880 in Main Street, Bangor)

Robert Alexander (born 11 November 1882 in Main Street, Bangor; baptised 11 March 1883 in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor)

After Joseph Hanna retired, the Hanna family moved to Queen’s Parade, Bangor.  Joseph Hanna died there of heart disease on 13 November 1911 (aged 68).

Robert Hanna worked as a draper before he moved to Australia and there he worked as a grazier.  He enlisted on 12 November 1914 at Liverpool, New South Wales and he cited his mother as his next-of-kin.  After Jane Hanna was widowed in 1911 she lived at 8 Beaumont Terrace, Bangor.

In his attestation papers, it was noted that Robert Hanna was 5 feet 9 inches tall with a fair complexion, brown eyes and fair hair.

Private Robert Hanna (No. 1326) served with the 1st Battalion Australian Infantry and on 2 May 1915 at Gallipoli he was reported as missing in action.  A Court of Enquiry held on 11 January 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir ‘considered it reasonable to suppose that he had been killed in action’.  He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Private Robert Alexander Hanna (No. 1326) is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 46) and on the Memorial Plaque in the RBL Bangor Branch.