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   Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/08/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 13th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment (British Army)
Died: 26/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard was born at Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1894. He was the son of the Rev. Richard Huggard and Frances Marion Huggard, of St. John's Vicarage, Barnsley, Yorkshire. The family then moved to Dublin and then back to St Johnís Vicarage, Barnsley. Lewis and his brother Hewitt both played for Barnsley Rugby Club. Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard was serving with the 13th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment when he died on 26th June 1917, age 23.
Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard
Further Information
Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard was born at Dungannon, County Tyrone about 1894. He was the son of the Rev. Richard Huggard and Frances Marion Huggard, of St. John's Vicarage, Barnsley, Yorkshire.
The family then moved to Dublin and then back to St John's Vicarage, Barnsley.
His father Rev. Richard Huggard MBE MA was secretary of Barnsley Rugby Club. He also refereed a match between England and Ireland in 1903.
Lewis and his brother Hewitt both played for Barnsley Rugby Club.
1914
Lewis Huggard enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities and after serving in Egypt was invalided home
Photo of Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard
1915
Lewis Huggard was later drafted to another theatre of war, in France.
His father held a captain's position as a recruiting officer.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th May 1915:
Rev Richard Huggard, formerly curate in Dungannon, enlisted in the new army, and has now the rank of captain. In the notes by ĎEborí in the Yorkshire Evening Post, he writes:-
ĎOne sees many unfamiliar sights in these strange days, and to me one that will not readily be forgotten is the appearance of an Irish Church of England vicar clad in full military captainís uniform, taking part in a Yorkshire Rugby Football Union meeting. Captain the Rev Richard Huggard, of Barnsley, a past president and one of the most popular of the many good sportsmen in the Yorkshire Rugby Union, has thrown so much zeal and organising ability into recruiting in the Barnsley district that 2,700 men (over two battalions) have passed through his hands and into the ranks of the Yorks and Lancasters. He has therefore, well earned his captainís rank by his administrative work, even if the leadership of forces on the field is denied him. That he would lend to the trenches, despite archiepiscopal frowns or archidiaconal remonstrates, if the chance came his way, I have not the slightest doubt. A man from Dungannon, cleric or otherwise, could not possibly quall. The vicar of St John the Baptist, Barnsley, holds the rank of captain in the 14th Service Battalion (second Barnsley) of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He has two sons with the forces. The eldest, Lieutenant Hewitt Huggard, has a commission in the 6th East Yorkshire; the younger, Second Lieutenant L D R Huggard, holds a commission in the 13th Service Battalion York and Lancashire. It is a good family record; and doubtless there are many like it in the clerical houses throughout the country.í
From the Tyrone Courier dated 23rd December 1915:
Sec Lieut L D R Huggard, 13th York and Lancaster Regiment, who has been transferred to a service battalion of the same regiment, is the second son of Rev. Richard Huggard, Barnsley, formerly of Dungannon. His brother, Lieut. Huggard, Lincoln Regiment, was recently killed in the Dardanelles.
1917
Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard was serving with the 13th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment when was killed in action on 26th June 1917, age 23.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 11th July 1917:
Captain Lewis D R Huggard, York and Lancaster Regiment, killed in action, was the second son of Rev. Richard Huggard, M.A., vicar of St John, Barnsley, formerly of Dungannon, and president of the Northern Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union in 1897-98. The deceased, who was 23 years of age, was born in Dungannon. His elder brother was killed in action in 1915, while his father, Rev R Huggard, who is well known in Belfast, holds a captainís commission whilst employed as a recruiting officer.
From the Tyrone Courier dated Thursday 12 July 1917:
Captain Lewis D R Huggard, York and Lancaster Regiment, killed in action, was the second son of Rev. Richard Huggard, M.A., vicar of St John, Barnsley, formerly of Dungannon. The deceased, who was 23 years of age, joined up at the outbreak of hostilities and after serving in Egypt was invalided home, and drafted to another theatre of war. His elder brother was killed in action in 1915, while his father holds a captain's position as a recruiting officer.
Captain L D R Huggard is buried in grave C.11 at Albuera Cemetery, Bailleul-sire-Berthoult, France.
Their mother, Mrs Huggard, died in Barnsley on 28th February 1919.
The CWGC record Captain Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard as the son of the Rev. Richard Huggard and Frances Marion Huggard, of St. John's Vicarage, Barnsley. The CWGC also record Lewis as being born in Dungannon, Country Tyrone.
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References and Links
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1 Lieutenant Hewitt Huggard Older brother of Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard who also died in the war
2 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
3 RootsChat Forum Discussion on the Huggard family
4 UK National Archives Information on Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard can be purchased here.
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard's headstone can be purchased here.
6 Yorkshire Indexers Photo of Lewis Dudley Richard Huggard
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020