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Gordon Vaugh

Rank: Private
Street: Glen Cove
Townland: Long Island
Town/Village: New York City, New York
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Mostrim
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Corboy, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford; Abbeyview House, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim; 2180 Broadway, NYC; Jamaica, Long Island, New York;
Census 1901: At school in Enniskillen
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Fermanagh/Enniskillen_Rural/Breandrum/1364111/
Census 1911: Resident at Bradway, Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York State, U.S.A. in the 1910 Census, as a boarder wit
Regiment/Unit: 5th Field Artillery, 1st Division, U.S. Army/ [Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 4th Battalion]
Regiment Number: / [216]
Date of Death: 26-12-1917
Cause: Pleurisy, France
Memorial: Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France & Tooma Church, Co. Leitri
Information:

Gordon was born in in Corboy on 9 March 1885, the son of Wilton Vaugh who was the Under Sheriff for Co. Leitrim, (his death notice in the Irish Independent gives Dromohair, Co. Leitrim, as his Irish address). Gordon schooled in Enniskillen, and later worked as a groom.

Pte Vaugh attested in the British Army in October 1904, with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at the Curragh Camp, however he claimed a discharge the following month and then emigrated to the US in December of that year. He became a naturalised US citizen in 1906. 

Vaugh later joined the U.S. forces. He was deployed to France at the end of July 1917; he left Hoboken, New Jersey on the 'Tenadores' on the 30 July 1917. Gordon was one of the earliest US troops to go into the field after their declaration of war against Germany, but had passed away in December 1917.

He is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery, but is remembered on a plaque in the now-closed Toomna/Tumna Church of Ireland church, erected in 1927.

Gordon's brother, Francis (Frank), also enlisted in the British Army, serving in the South Irish Horse.

It has been suggested that this was a photo of Gordon, but it is highly unlikely. 

Parents Names: Son of Wilton Vaugh and Susan (née Taylor), Abbey View House, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim
Notes: Gordon had the birth date of 3 October 1885 ascribed in his US Army attestation.
Links:

Link to American Battle Monuments Assoc entryLink to Civil Record of birth; Biography of Gordon on vaugh.co.uk; Longford Leader, Leitrim War Memorial mentioning Gordon, 1927

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