The Schomberg Society is currently fundraising to raise a life size statue in Kilkeel in memory of World War One Victoria Cross Winner Robert Hill Hanna who was a native of Kilkeel.
This project will cost within the region of £40,000.
Robert Hill Hanna was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force for his courageous actions and bravery during the Battle of Lens, France on 21st August 1917.
Descended from one of the first Scottish families to settle in Mourne during the 17th century, Robert Hill Hanna emigrated to Canada before the outbreak of World War One. However, he maintained strong links with his hometown of Kilkeel, returning on occasions to visit friends and family.
On the 25th September 2021, to help fundraise towards this cost, a team of volunteers from the Schomberg Society and the local community will be carrying the Robert Hill Hanna VC Memorial Lambeg Drum from his homestead at Hanna's Close, Kilkeel to the top of the highest peak in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Mountain, which is a distance of approximately 11 miles.
This statue will be a fitting tribute and permanent memorial for one of Kilkeel's most celebrated sons and will serve as an inspiration to others for generations to come.
All support kindly donated by the public on this 'Go Fund Me' page will be greatly appreciated by everyone involved within the local community.
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