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John Nugent

Rank: Private
Townland: Drumanure
Town/Village: Abbeyshrule
Civil Parish: Abbeyshrule
Catholic Parish: Carrickedmond
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Resident at Drumanure
Census 1911: Resident at Drumanure
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Fusiliers, 6th (Service) Battalion, 'B' Company / [Connaught Rangers]
Regiment Number: 16920 / [1258]
Date of Death: 09-08-1915
Cause: Killed in action, Gallipoli
Memorial: Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

John Nugent was born in Drumanure, Abbeyshrule on 12 March 1880, one of 12 children by James Nugent, who was a carpenter by trade. According to the 1901 census, John was a painter, like his elder brother James (Jr.) but by in 1911, he was a carpenter.

He enlisted in Longford in 1915. Three of his brothers - Denis, Christopher and Peter - also served in the war. John's battalion had arrived at Sulva Bay in August 1915 as part of the 31st Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division. However, he was sadly killed in action not long after, likely on the advance on Chocolate Hill (Hill 53) at Sulva.

Nugent's death was noted in the Irish Independent newspaper at the time:

Nugent - August 9, 1915, Killed in action in the Dardanelles, John Nugent, aged 30, late of Abbeyshrule. County Longford; deeply regretted by his sorrowing mother, sisters and brothers. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on him.

Nugent - First Anniversary - In loving memory of John Nugent, R.I.F., late of Abbeyshrule who was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 9th August, 1915. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on him.

Parents Names: Son of James Nugent and Mary (née Lawless) of Drumanure, Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birth; Irish Independent, 6 Sept 1915

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