Stratton, Henry

Stratton, Henry (Harry)

Ex-Rifleman

No. 16980, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to

No. 231710 Labour Corps

Died of disease on Sunday 10 November 1929 (aged 55)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down

Commemorated:

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Father of Rifleman Robert Stratton (No. 4/7173)

BIOGRAPHY

The name Henry 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.

Henry (Harry) and Sarah Stratton (nee McCullough) were married on 7 November 1896 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Henry Stratton from Carrickfergus was a son of David Stratton, a labourer.  Sarah McCullough from Newtownards was a daughter of Robert McCullough, a weaver.  One of the witnesses was Isabella Boal.

The Stratton family lived in Victoria Avenue; in Windmill Row and later at 66 East Street in Newtownards.

Harry Stratton worked as a general labourer and he and Sarah had at least thirteen children:

Robert (born 25 February 1897 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

David (born 28 February 1898 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Isabella Boal (born 22 February 1900 in Church Street, Newtownards)

Edith (born 2 April 1902 in East Street, Newtownards)

Wilhelmina McCullough (born 20 February 1905 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Joseph (born 22 March 1906 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Alexander Andrew (born 8 November 1907 in East Street, Newtownards)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 21 January 1910 in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Harry (born 1 July 1911 at 2.00am in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

James (born 1 July 1911 at 2.30am in Windmill Row, Newtownards)

Henry (born 8 March 1913 at 2.00am in East Street, Newtownards)

Lydia Ann (born 8 March 1913 at 2.15am in East Street, Newtownards)

James Alexander (born 4 September 1914 in East Street, Newtownards)

Henry Stratton’s eldest son, Robert, was killed in action on 23 August 1916 (aged 19).

During the Great War, Henry (Harry) Stratton served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (No. 16980) and he went to France on 2 October 1915.  After being severely wounded he was transferred to the Labour Corps (No. 231710) and was discharged from the Army on 30 May 1918.

Henry Stratton died in Newtownards Hospital of carcinoma of the spine on Sunday 10 November 1929 and was buried in Movilla Cemetery on Tuesday 12 November 1929.

Ex-Rifleman Henry Stratton is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.

In 1931 his son David in the USA and his daughters Lily and Ina in Canada placed an In Memoriam notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:

God knew that he was suffering,

And the hills were hard to climb,

So He closed his weary eyelids,

And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.

Henry Stratton’s son David had also been on active service during the Great War and was held for a time as a Prisoner-of-War in Germany.