Robert FLOOD 1884 - 1917
1. Robert FLOOD, born 1884 in London, census 1891 at Foundling Hospital, Guilford Street, St Pancras, London (Middx), Enlisted 11 Jan 1899 at Aldershot - Boy Private 6588 - 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, promoted through the ranks, transferred 28 Jul 1916 as C.Q.M.S. to Royal Berkshire Regiment, died 9 May 1917 Killed in Action - Salonika - Aged 33, commemorated at Doiran Memorial. He married Frances Daisy BLEACH, 27 Jul 1909 at Register Office, Dover (Kent). She resided after WW1 at “Newville”, Barham (Kent)
11 January 1899 - Enlisted at Aldershot - Boy Private 6588 - 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
17 November 1902 - Private 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
19 December 1902 - Promoted L/Corporal 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
30 December 1903 - Promoted Corporal 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
1 April 1904 - Elected to come under the conditions of Royal Warrant 1903 & Granted Service Pay full rate.
4 April 1905 - Acting and paid as L/Sergeant 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
21 September 1906 - Promoted Sergeant 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
10 June 1909 - Re-engaged for such period as shall complete 21 years service.
11 September 1909 - Posted to Egypt.
24 December 1909 - Posted to India.
19 October 1910 - Transferred to Sergeant 3rd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
10 November 1910 - Posted to “Home” service.
11 January 1911 - Granted third good conduct badge.
27 February 1913 - Transferred to 5th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, & Promoted to Colour Sergeant.
26 December 1914 - Promoted Company Quarter Master Sergeant 5th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
29 April 1916 - On the night of 29 April 1916, [during the Easter Uprising], he was in command of a picket of the 5th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers stationed within the Guinness Brewery in Dublin who arrested and then shot dead William John Rice and Algernon Lucas. The same night, in a separate incident, Cecil Dockeray, and Basil Warswick were also shot in the same building. Lucas and Warswick were officers in the King Edward's Horse, Dockeray and Rice were employees at the brewery. The four men were killed while carrying out routine inspections of the premises. CQMS Robert Flood who ordered the executions was court-martialled on 12 June 1916 at Richmond Barracks, Dublin, charged with the murders of Rice and Lucas but was acquitted, claiming in his defence that he believed the four to be members of Sinn Fein and that his picket was too small to guard the four prisoners. He also stated that he believed the premises to be the subject of an imminent attack from members of Sinn Fein and that the four men shot might have been there to let them into the building
28 July 1916 - Transferred to 3rd Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment as CQMS.
8 September 1916 - Posted to Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as CQMS, 7th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment.
23 March 1917 - Promoted Company Sergeant Major, 7th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment.
9 May 1917 - Killed in Action at Salonika during the advance on Jumeaux Ravine.
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