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Private Thomas Loughran

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

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Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of William and Agnes Loughran of 106 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

Born / Resided

Airdrie / 106 Main St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 23/10/1916 Somme

Enlisted

Hamilton /11/1914

Employed

Phoenix Iron Works

Age

39

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

Thomas passed through the South African Campaign with distinction. Thomas is listed as LAUGHRAN by the CWGC, his MIC, on the Thiepval Memorial and on the Gartsherrie Church RoH. I`ve listed Thomas as LOUGHRAN as this is the name on the Family Plot. 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` name on the Thiepval Memorial

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