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  cap badgePrivate William Bogan

8th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Service No: 29395

William Bogan grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Mary Bogan of 28 Kildonan St, Coatbridge. Brother of John Patrick-Born 08/02/1896, Thomas James (03/11/1894-16/08/1917) (13 days before William, they joined up together), Edward (1899- ), Michael Joseph (1903- ), Gerard (1912- ), Died 1913 (all brothers and sisters born in Donegal). Williams Sisters - Mary Agnes Barry (1901- ), Elizabeth McKim-Arnold (06/06/1904- ), Annie Smith (1906- ), Catherine Jane Murphy (1908- ), Margaret Josephine Veronica McGuigan (17/05/1910- ), Theresa Callahan (1911- ). From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 28 Main St, Donegal - John Bogan aged 40, Mary Bogan aged 27, Thomas Bogan aged 6, John Bogan aged 5, William Bogan aged 4, Edward Bogan aged 2, Mary Bogan. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - Main St, Donegal Town - John Bogan aged 56, Mary Bogan aged 38, Thomas James Bogan aged 16, John Patrick Bogan aged 15, William Bogan aged 14, Edward Bogan aged 12, Mary Agnes Bogan aged 10, Michael Joseph Bogan aged 8, Elizabeth Bogan aged 7, Annie Bogan aged 5, Catherine Jane Bogan aged 3, Margaret Bogan aged 1.

Born / Resided

Slate Rd, Lifford, Co. Donegal / 28 Kildonan St, Coatbridge.

Died

Died of Wounds on the 29/08/1917 in No.3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Remi Sidings (Lijssenthoek)

Enlisted

Omagh Town Hall /10/1914

Employed

Lochrin Iron Works.

Age

20 / DOB - 27/04/1897

Buried / Remembered

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (XVIII. C. 10), West - Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Lijssenthoek was the location for a number of casualty clearing stations during the First World War. The village was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the second largest CWGC cemetery in Belgium after Tyne Cot Cemetery. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 24 being unidentified. There are 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German, 11 of these are unidentified. There is 1 Non World War burial here.

Additional Information

The Battalion was formed at Omagh in October 1914 and came under command of 49th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division. William's older brother Thomas James Bogan died 13 days earlier (7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) and is remembered on the Addenda panel on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was only added here on the 15/06/2009. He died on the opening day of the Battle of Langemarck with William falling later on from wounds received in the battle. SEE PHOTOS x 8 FOR THE BATTALION WAR DIARY AUGUST 1917. Thomas is NOT on the Coatbridge Memorial although he is listed as living in Coatbridge (see photo). The brothers joined up together. Thomas' Service number was 29399. William and his brother Thomas' Pension was awarded to their mother Mary then their sister Miss Mary Agnes Bogan of 28 Kildonan St, Coatbridge then Canada. For another view of William's grave see photos. Both brothers are remembered on the St Patrick's Church Roll of Honour. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, William's Army Register of Soldiers Effects, William and Thomas' Service Medal and Award Rolls, William and his brother Thomas James' names on the Ireland Casualties WW1, William's brother Thomas James, William's Headstone Report x 2, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Cap Badge, William's and his brother Thomas' Pension Records x 4 and Family information from the St Patrick's Roll of Honour book x 3. William's Grave Inscription reads "YOUR BODY MAY MINGLE IN FOREIGN CLAY BUT IN OUR THOUGHTS EVER YOU STAY". Finally, see photos for Thomas James' Medal Index Card and his Army Register of Soldiers Effects.

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War Diaries

The battalion War Diary is available on the National Archives website.

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