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  cap badgePrivate James Joseph McHugh

1st Battalion Irish Guards
Service No: 11899

James Joseph McHugh grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Denis and Mary McHugh of 3 Third Corgary, Aghyaran, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - 3 Third Corgary, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone - Denis McHugh aged 60, Mary Anne McHugh aged 51, Denis McHugh aged 27, Mary Anne McHugh aged 25, Catherine McHugh aged 23, Margaret Ellen McHugh aged 21, James Joseph McHugh aged 19, Bridget McHugh aged 16, Cecily McHugh aged 13. James' Pension was awarded to his mother Mary and father Denis on the 30/04/1918 and the 01/01/1919.

Born / Resided

Castlederg, Co. Tyrone / Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 09/10/1917

Enlisted

Belfast

Employed

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Age

27

Buried / Remembered

Artillery Wood Cemetery (XI. E. 6), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

At the time of the Armistice, the cemetery contained 141 graves (of which 42 belonged to the Royal Artillery), but it was then greatly enlarged when graves were brought in from the battlefields and small burial grounds around Boesinghe. There are now 1,307 First World War casualties buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 506 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 12 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Additional Information

Until July 1917, the village of Boesinghe (now Boezinge) directly faced the German front line over the Yser canal, but at the end of that month, the Battle of Pilckem Ridge pushed the German line back and Artillery Wood, just east of the canal, was captured by the Guards Division. They began the cemetery just north of the wood when the fighting was over and it continued as a front line cemetery until March 1918. James was reburied in Artillery Wood Cemetery (see photos). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, another photo of James' Grave, his CWGC Grave Registration x 3, his Reburial Form, his Headstone Report x 2, James and family names on the 1911 Ireland Census x 2, Artillery Wood Cemetery, James' Pension Records x 3 and the Irish Guards Cap Badge. James' grave inscription reads " IN FOND REMEMBRANCE R.I.P."

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