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  cap badgePrivate Peter Loughan

8th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/6457

Peter  Loughan grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of the late Robert and Victoria Loughan (Grant) of 67a Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge. Brother of Lance Corporal Charles Loughan of the 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment who was Killed in Action on the 30/01/1915. From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 31 Little Georges, Dock Ward, Antrim, Ireland - Robert Loughan aged 60, Victoria Loughan aged 40, Robert Loughan aged 20, Annie Loughan aged 16, Nathaniel Loughan aged 15, Charles Loughan aged 10, Margaret Ann Loughan aged 8, Patrick Loughan aged 6, Peter Loughan aged 4, Sarah Loughan aged 2. Peter's Pension was awarded to his mother Victoria on the 31/03/1917.

Born / Resided

31 Little Georges St, Belfast / 67a Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 14/07/1916 at Longueval

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Tinsmith in the Tinplate Iron Works.

Age

19

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 10 A), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

Peter was Killed in Action at Longueval during the Battle of the Somme. See Directory for Peter's elder brother Charles' page. See Newspaper clipping for letter sent to Peter's mother from the Lieutenant Colonel commanding the Black Watch. Also remembered on the St Augustine's Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Peter's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his name on the Ireland Casualties WW1, his name on the Thiepval Memorial, his CWGC grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial Panel List, the Black Watch Cap Badge and Peter's Pension Records x 2.

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