George Millar Posted 30 June , 2019 Share Posted 30 June , 2019 John McGargle or more correctly John James McGargle was born on the 11th February 1879 at Gateshead, County Durham to parents James McGargle and Anne Carty / McCarty. He was one of six children born to James and Anne having three sisters (Mary E, Annie & Ellen) and two brothers (William & James). By the time of the 1911 census, he was living with his father James who was now a widower and the rest of his siblings at the family home in 31 Edward Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was working as a Labourer at this time. From information that I have been able to access, he attested sometime between the 7th and 14th June 1915 into the 3rd (Reserve) battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and given the Service N° 24110. As John was only awarded the British War & Victory Medal, it can be assumed that he only went to France after his training sometime in early 1916 and joined the 8th (Service) battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers. The 8th battalion who were part of the 49th Brigade in the 16th (Irish) Division moved to France in December 1915 and concentrated in the Bethune area. The first major action for the battalion was in the Battle of Guillemont as a part of the Battle of the Somme in September 1916. Unfortunately John died in 1916 but has two dates for his death listed, the first one being the 29th April 1916 and the other the 29th September 1916. The first date of the 29th April 1916 is listed in the Army Registers of Soldiers Effects & also in the Pension Ledgers & Index Cards. He is listed as having been “Gassed in France”. The second date of the 29th September 1916 is listed in the CWGC website, Soldiers Died in the Great War & Irelands Casualties of WW1. From the 8th battalion War Diary, they were in Noeux-les-Mines in April and they did suffer gas casualties on the 29th April with 4 other ranks killed. For the 29th September the battalion were in Locre but were in Divisional Reserve on that date with no casualties. Both locations for these dates being in France. This suggests that the date of the 29th April 1916 is the most likely for his death. However, John’s name is listed on panel 22 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium which is very strange and surely cannot be correct? Surely his name should have been on a memorial in France and not Belgium. I would appreciate any comments from forum members with their thoughts on the matter. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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