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William Henry Sargaison

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Street: Battery Road
Townland: Abbeycartron
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Clara Park, Neill's Hill, Belfast
Census 1901: With family at Abbeycartron
Census 1911: Likely at boarding school in Mountjoy Sq, Dublin (Armagh was given as birth location, but this may b
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 5th Battalion / [Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 7th Battalion] (possibly Royal Irish Fusiliers, 7th)
Regiment Number: 14195
Date of Death: 06-12-1915
Cause: Killed in action, Serbia (Salonika)
Memorial: Doiran Memorial, Doriani, Greece
Information: William Sargaison was born in 1893 at Longford, the son of Walter Sargaison, a national school teacher in Longford town, and his wife Elizabeth. William was one of five (six born) children, and his brothers Alfred, Frederick and John also served in the Great War. He was a keen rugby player (link below). Sargaison was promoted from the ranks to 2nd Lt in September 1915, and on the 24 September joined the Connaught Rangers in the 10th Division at Bauchops Hill. The Irish Independent of the 15 December, (link below), noted that his was the "first fatality reported from the Irish Division in the Serbian Campaign". Extract from Our Heroes: Second Lieutenant William H. Sargaison, 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, who was killed in action in Serbia on December 6th, 1915, in his 22nd year, was a son of Mr and Mrs Sargaison, Battery Road, Longford. He was educated at Mountjoy School, Dublin, and St George's College, London. At the outbreak of the war he joined the D Company of the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers [note: served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers] at its formation and took part in the engagements at Suvla Bay and in the subsequent fighting at Gallipoli.He was then promoted to a commission in the 5th Connaught Rangers and transferred to Salonika, where he was killed while fighting in the rearguard action.
Parents Names: Son of Walter and Elizabeth Sargaison of Abbeycarton, Longford.
Notes: Some records state that Sargaison served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, whilst others have him with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
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