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Hugh Thompson

Rank: Cook
Street: 538, 18th Street
Town/Village: Brooklyn, New York
Civil Parish: Ardagh
Catholic Parish: Ardagh
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Co. Longford; 482 10th Street, Brooklyn;
Census 1901: Possible entry
Census 1911: Possible entry
Regiment/Unit: US Army, National Guard, 106th Infantry Regiment, Company L; New York National Guard, 14th Infantry, Company M
Regiment Number: 1208695
Date of Death: 03-05-1983
Cause: Unknown
Memorial: Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Avenue Farmingdale, NY 11735-1211

Hugh was born in Co. Longford 1 August 1892* likely in Ardagh, Co. Longford. He emigrated to New York City and it is believed that he became a naturalised citizen in September 1913. By 1917 was residing with his cousin, Mrs. Mary Cox (née Farrell) in Brooklyn and working for the Luckenbach Steamship Company. 

He enlisted in July 1917 with the National Guard in New York serving with them initially until October 1917 before being transferred to to the 106th Infantry Regiment. This regiment formed part of the US 53rd Division who were present at the Battles of Meuse-Argonne, Ypres-Lys and the 1918 2nd Battle of the Somme. Hugh served overseas, likely in France, from May 1918 to March 1919 .He set sail from Hoboken, New York in May 1918 on the USS President Lincoln (an impounded German liner), and his rank is given as Cook. Hugh gave his contact as his cousin, Mary/Mrs. James Cox of 538, 18th Street, Brooklyn. He returned to the US on the Mauretania in 1919 and was dischared in April 1919.


Hugh returned to Brooklyn after WW1 and worked with the Parks Department, possibly as a tree surgeon. He appears to have married Mary, who had been widowed. Hugh passed away in 1983. 

Parents Names: Possibly the son of James Thompson and Elizabeth.
Notes: *No Civil Record of Birth was found, and it is likely that this date of birth was not exact. However from a search of the baptismal records, there were three Hugh Thompsons baptised in the county in 1891. One was the son of James Thompson and Elizabeth McCormack who was baptised in the parish of Ardagh and Moydow on the 2 August 1891. This corresponds with details of a Hugh Thomp

Link to Fold 3 New York WW1 service excerpt cards (paid subscription site);  link to Fold 3 US Veterans Graveyards entry; New York City Naturalisation Record; link to US WW1 Draft entry; WW2 National Guard record; possible Shipping manifest 5 September 1913; 

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