Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 07 May 1927

After a distinguished career during which he was associated with the Royal Sussex Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Bellamy. D.S.0., of 22, St. Matthew's-gardens, passed away on Friday, April 29th.  Lieut.-Colonel Bellamy, who was born on the 29th November, 1871, was the son of the late Colonel P. L. Bellamy, of the Border Regiment.  In 1903, he was married to Constance Gwendoline.

He entered the Royal Sussex Regiment, in 1891, and served in the South African War from 1899 to 1902.  In 1900 he was made an Adjutant, and two years later was promoted to Captain.  He was awarded the D.S.O. and mentioned in despatches. He served in the Great War, in France, and in 1916 was Brigade Major of the South Lancashire Division.  Afterwards he commanded the 2nd and 51st Battalions, Royal Sussex Regiment, the Queen's Westminster Rifles, and the Oxfordshire Light Infantry.  He was seriously wounded in the “big push" during March, 1918, came home and did not return to France until November of the same year.  He joined the 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, in Cologne, in 1919, and stayed until September, 1920, when he was promoted Lieut.-Colonel and given command of the Battalion from Cologne.

He went to Silesia, thence to Ireland, where he retired in September, 1924.  He leaves a widow and two sons to mourn his passing, which resulted from an illness of long standing.

The funeral took place on Tuesday at the Borough Cemetery, the Rev. H. J. Boyd, rector of St. Paul's, St. Leonards, officiating.  The cortege was met at the Cemetery Gates by a contingent of warrant officers and sergeants of the 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, the coffin which bore a "Calvary" oak cross, and was draped with the Union Jack, was borne into the chapel for the first portion of the service, and thence to the grave.

The family mourners were: Mrs. Bellamy Lieutenant John Bellamy (son), Mr Hugh Bellamy (son). Mr. A. Borton (brother-in-law), Mrs. Borton General Cooper, etc. Also many brother officers and friends