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Did he serve in WW1?
« on: Wednesday 28 December 11 19:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi there. Hope you are all enjoying the Holidays!:)

I was very happy to find (by chance) all the info below regarding my g grandfather. I'm not sure though if he served in WW1 or not. He was not listed on the Irish census for 1901, it looks as if he were away in the South African War at that point. How can I find more info and whether he served in WW1? On looking at the info on the War Graves page, I guess he didn't but then why was he buried in a War Grave?
I'm afraid I can only make use of fee free info and I'm very amateur! :o
I'd be grateful for any advice, thank you in advance.




McGaughey, Michael
[IMAGE] Fleetwood Borough Cemetery - McGaughey, Michael

Cemetery: Fleetwood Borough Cemetery

Country: England

Area: Lancashire

Rank: Pioneer

Official Number: WR/342921

Unit: Inland Waterways and Docks. Royal Engineers.

Force: Army

Nationality: British

Details:
Died of nephritis 3rd October 1918. Age 40. Son of John and Rose McGaughey of Tattyreagh Omagh Co. Tyrone; husband of Jane McGaughey of Liskey Fintona Co. Tyrone. Served in the South African War. Plot RC. 6. 2.

 
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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 28 December 11 20:11 GMT (UK) »
It looks like he served in the Great War as part of the Royal Engineers.
http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=372981

Only ww1 and ww2 casualties are remembered on CWGC.

He was 40 so may not have served overseas have you looked for a medal card?

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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 29 December 11 08:47 GMT (UK) »
Hi Ady! :)
This is great info, thank you! There's even the actual date he passed away.
How do I go about trying to see any medical card, if one existed?

All the best
McGaughey, Crawford, WW2 POW, Surrey Fire Brigade, Fintona, Woking


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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 29 December 11 09:08 GMT (UK) »
Hi
I searched the Medal Index Cards online at the National Archives documents online website but couldnt see your man listed which possibly means he never served overseas in ww1 he is buried in Lancashire so will have a death cert which may give his address at time of death.
He served in Boer War so should be somewhere on the medal rolls for that but finding his regiment may be difficult as he may not have served with Royal Engineers.
He MAY have a record on Find My Past pre 1915 ones


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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 29 December 11 09:29 GMT (UK) »
This could be his service record:

First name(s): Michael
 
Last name: MCGAUGHEY
 
Calculated year of birth: 1867 
 
Parish of birth: Drumragh
 
Town of birth: Omagh
 
County of birth: Tyrone
 
Age at attestation: 30 years
 
Attestation date: 10 November 1897
 
Attestation corps: 4TH BATTALION RL INNISKILLING FUSRS REGIMENT 
 
Attestation soldier number: 1600
 
Discharge rank: 
 
Discharge corps: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - 27th & 108th Foot
 
Discharge soldier number: 
 
The National Archives reference: WO96 / 511 / 25

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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 29 December 11 16:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi  Ady and Cati thank you both very much! :)
You have given me a lot to think about. I'll be trying to follow these up.
I'm still learning this genealogy lark and I get quite confused s'times! ;)
I don't know if he served abroad or not in WW1. I wasn't aware he'd been in the South African War, I assume then he did go abroad.

Happy New Year! :)
McGaughey, Crawford, WW2 POW, Surrey Fire Brigade, Fintona, Woking

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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 29 December 11 16:21 GMT (UK) »
He got around a bit, given his attestation location for WWI

Name:    Michael Mcgaughey
Death Date:    29 Oct 1918
Death Location:    Home
Enlistment Location:    Inverness
Rank:    Pioneer
Regiment:    Corps of Royal Engineers
Battalion:    Inland Water Transport
Number:    WR/342921
Type of Casualty:    Died
Theatre of War:    Home

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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 29 December 11 17:49 GMT (UK) »
The number WR/342924 was issued in March 1918 and the recipient discharged in 1919 he didnt serve overseas
So its a late issue number possibly home service only.

WR/342926 was issued to a 57 yr old!! Royal Engineers WR Construction Company who was classed as B2 Fit before been discharged.

Still cant find his Boer War Roll ?

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Re: Did he serve in WW1?
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 29 December 11 20:03 GMT (UK) »
The 4th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were Militia - ie part-timers. The records found by Cati confirm this - being in WO96 rather than WO97.

His enlistment was before the Boer War. He would have signed up for six years service, consisting of 49 days 'training on enlistment', followed by annual trainings of 6 to 8 weeks. They were embodied (ie made full-time) from 2 May 1900 to 18 October 1900. The 4th Battalion do not appear to have served in South Africa. Again his WO96 papers would give details of any South Africa service, including a note that he was awarded a 5 war gratuity. If this is not recorded you can assume he did not take part in the Boer War.

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