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10608   Private John McGuigan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/09/1887
Died: 07/11/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
John McGuigan was the son of George and Ellen McGuigan. John McGuigan was born on 19th September 1887 near Moy, County Tyrone. By 1911, both his parents had died. John McGuigan was living in Dungannon when he enlisted in Armagh. Private John McGuigan was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the (Princess Victoria's) Royal Irish Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Egypt on 7th November 1917. Private John McGuigan was one of three brothers who served.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery
Grave Ref: Grave XX-B-3
CWGC Casualty 650742
Gaza is 3 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, 65 kilometres south-west of Tel Aviv. From Israel stop at the Erez Crossing point and enter the VIP cabin for a pass to enter Gaza. Walk through "no man's land" to the taxis on the other side. Gaza War Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres north-east of the city near the Bureir Road and 370 metres from the railway station. The Cemetery is approximately 8 kilometres to the left of the main dual carriageway, Highway 250 through Gaza, and is about 200 metres back from the road through an avenue of trees. Alternatively, turn left off the highway after 4 kilometres, continuing with Highway 4 until Sha'arei Aza junction and turn right, then turn right into Gaza proper, heading back towards the border. In this direction the cemetery will be found on the right hand side after approximately 3 kilometres.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
2 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Armagh Dead in the Great War 118
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McGuigan family Lists John as age 13 living with the family at house 5 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McGuigan family Does not list John as living with the family at house 6 in Donnydeade, Bernagh, Tyrone
3 Brother - Private Henry McGuigan Brother of Private John McGuigan
4 Ireland Memorial Record Lists John McGuigan, born Armagh
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of John McGuigan
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023