Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Hugh Hannigan

2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 4563
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-11 Aged: 19 Enlisted: Derry.

Interred in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Annie Hannigan, 21, Sloan's Terrace, Derry / Wiesbaden, Germany, and Charles Hannigan (possibly died on February 12, 1920, and buried in Derry City Cemetery).

Writing to Mr Charles Hannigan, relative to the death of his son, Father John Coghlan, chaplain, expressed his deep sympathy, and stated Private Hannigan was hit in the back by a bullet, and he bandaged him, and carried him down to a dug-out, where he anointed him and gave him Holy Communion and the last blessing. Father Coghlan added, 'He was perfectly conscious the whole time, but gradually he grew weaker, and finally died with his head resting on my breast?.He was one of the grandest boys in the battalion, who never let slip a single opportunity of attending to his religious duties. Although only a boy, his personal good example was a means of incalculable good to his comrades. Do not worry much at the loss of your dear boy. His was the happiest death I've ever seen, and now, indeed, you can well say that you have a son in heaven.'