Ref ID: 4254
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate relating to Gunner John McGrogan.
Name: John McGrogan.
Service Number: 71706.
Battalion: 28th Brigade.
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Born: 5th February 1896, Belfast.
Died: 26th August 1914.
Address: 34 Stanhope Street, Belfast
John McGrogan, son of John and Hannah McGrogan, lived at 34 Stanhope Street, Belfast
Johns father was a Sailor at the time of his sons birth, and the family lived at 7 Rutherford Street, Shankill Road, Belfast
The 1901 Ireland Census has John living at 37.1 Stanhope Street, Belfast with his mother, occupation, Linen Spinner, brother Joseph, 3 years, sister Lizzy, under 1 year, and grandmother Mary, 44 years
On enlistment Johns family lived at 6 California Street, Shankill Road
Service Records show us that John McGrogan had joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on the 6th of July 1912 and served as Private 2776. They also show that he attained a 3rd Class Education Certificate on the 1st of October 1912 while within it.
On the 15th of January John transferred into the Royal Field Artillery.
He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 19th of August 1914.
John was a Gunner in 124th Battery Royal Filed Artillery when he was Killed In Action at Le Cateau, France on the 26th of August 1914 aged 18 years
On the 10th of January 1915 a Memorandum was sent by Officer in charge of R.H.A, R.F.A Records at Woolwich Dockyard to the Officer Commanding 54th Brigade R.F.A Dundalk requesting if a Small Book belonging to John McGrogan had been found, the reply from Dundalk simply stated that there was no trace of it
Johns documents also show that his family must have moved house, from 6 Boyd Street, Belfast, as a letter sent from the Military to that address could not be located. Johns father then asked a local Police Station for help in tracking this letter down.
A Military letter dated the 7th of July 1919, and wrote to the Police Commissioner of Belfast, asked for help in locating Johns next of kin, as they could no longer be contacted at 6 Boyd Street, Belfast. A Sergeant H Kinkade from Brown Square R.I.C Barracks wrote back with their new address, 34 Stanhope Street
His family is connected to 30 Park Street, Belfast also.
Johns Soldiers Effects were left to his mother Hannah.
Dependant Pension Application Forms show his mother as claimant also
John received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star
He is Remembered at La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France
To Remember Is To Honour
Shankill Roll of Honour
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