Totton, Robert Senior

Totton, Robert Senior

Royal Irish Fusiliers, and in some reports, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (discharged)

Died of disease on Wednesday 27 October 1948 (aged 61)

Buried:

Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Section 5. X. Grave 74)

Commemorated:

Bangor and District War Memorial

Wesley Centenary Methodist Church, Bangor (as Robert Totton Senior, Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Father of Marine Robert Totton (No. PO/X 4901)

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Totton Senior died on 27 October 1948 (aged 61), as the result of a cerebral haemorrhage.  He died at his home, 46 Shaftesbury Road, Bangor and, having been invalided out of the Army in 1943, his Church decided that he should be commemorated as a casualty of war.

Robert Totton Senior is commemorated in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church (as Robert Totton Senior, Royal Irish Fusiliers) and on Bangor and District War Memorial.

Robert Totton Senior was born on 12 December 1886 in West Street, Portadown, and he was a son of David and Ann (Annie) Totton (nee Hanan) who were married on 2 May 1875 in Lurgan Methodist Church, Co. Armagh.  David Totton (aged 26), a chandler from Portadown, was a son of John Totton, a chandler.  Ann Hanan (aged 22) from Donacloney was daughter of John Hanan, a butcher.

David and Ann Totton (nee Hanan) had six children:

John (born 2 February 1877 in West Street, Portadown)

David Matthew (born 6 March 1879 in West Street, Portadown)

Isabella (born 5 September 1881 in West Street, Portadown)

Jane (born 25 July 1884 in West Street, Portadown)

Robert Edward (Robert, born 12 December 1886 in West Street, Portadown)

Margaret Anne (born 3 June 1891 in West Street, Portadown)

Robert Totton and Mary Steele were married on 23 December 1918 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  Robert Totton (aged 28), a labourer from 13 Howe Street, Belfast, was a son of David Totton, a chandler.  Mary Steele (aged 23) from 82 Dover Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Steele, a labourer.  Their first child, an unnamed male, was born prematurely on 16 June 1919 at 13 Howe Street, Belfast, and lived for just ten minutes.

Robert Totton Senior was the father of Robert Totton Junior who was killed in action on 16 December 1944.

During the Second World War, Robert Totton Senior served for three years with the Royal Irish Fusiliers (according to church records) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (according to a newspaper report) before being invalided out of the Army in August 1943.