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  cap badgePrivate Thomas Loughran

2nd Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service No: 11923

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Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of William Loughran ( -18/08/1904) and Agnes Loughran (1859-28/03/1936) of 106a Main St, Coatbridge. Thomas' brother Corporal John Loughran was in training with the Cyclist Corps at the time of his death. Another brother James was discharged with foot trouble. From the 1881 Census - Address - 4 Main St, Airdrie - William Loughran aged 24, Ann Loughran aged 22, Thomas Loughran aged 4, Margaret Loughran aged 2 ( -02/10/1952), James Loughran ( -10/04/1943) aged 7 months. Thomas' Pension was awarded to his mother Agnes on the 18/07/1917.

Born / Resided

Airdrie / 106a Main St, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action on the 23/10/1916 at the Somme

Enlisted

Hamilton /11/1914

Employed

Phoenix Iron Works.

Age

39

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 4 D), 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

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 05/11/1914 and were part of the 23rd Brigade, 8th Division. Thomas arrived in France on the 17/03/1915. Thomas passed through the South African Campaign with distinction. The 8th Division was formed in England during October 1914 by bringing together (mainly) regular army units which had been stationed at various points around the British Empire. The division moved to France in November 1914, a badly-needed reinforcement to the British Expeditionary Force. It remained on the Western Front throughout the rest of the war. Thomas is listed as LAUGHRAN by the CWGC, his Medal Index Card, on the Thiepval Memorial and on the Gartsherrie Church Roll of Honour. I've listed Thomas as LOUGHRAN as this is the name on the Family Plot and the Newspaper clippings. He is also listed as 9TH BATTALION on the Memorial. Also remembered on the Gartsherrie Church Roll of Honour and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos). See photos for Thomas' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his name on the Thiepval Memorial, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial Panel List, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Cap Badge and Thomas' Pension Records x 2.

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