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Private 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 (now Grant). Brother of Lance Corporal Charles Loughan of the 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment who was Killed in Action on the 30/01/1915 (see index)

Born / Resided

Little Georges St, Belfast / 67 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, 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 newspaper clipping for letter sent to Peters mother from the Lieutenant Colonel commanding the Black Watch. Also remembered on the St Augustines Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Peters name on the Thiepval Memorial

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