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55416   Sergeant Rowland Eugene Grogan M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/04/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/11/1893
Died: 17/10/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
Eugene Rowland Grogan was the son of Michael and Catherine Grogan. His father was in the R.I.C. Rowland Grogan was born in Coalisland, County Tyrone on 2nd November 1893. He was one of about 15 children. By 1896 Michael and the family had moved to Aughnacloy. By 1911 the family had moved to Belfast. Roland had enlisted and was at Army Barracks in Dundalk. Roland Grogan married Fanny Lynch about 1913. He served with the Royal Field Artillery. He was awarded the Military Medal. Sergeant Roland Grogan was serving with "D" Battery of the 83rd Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery when he was killed in action in France on the 17th October 1917
Further Information
Eugene Rowland Grogan was the son of Michael and Catherine Grogan. Michael Grogan and Catherine O'Beirne were married on 26th December 1881 at Bekan Parish, County Mayo.
Michael Grogan was a sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary and as a consequence, the family moved around a lot.
Michael was based in Strabane until at least 1892. He then spent a short time in Coalisland.
Rowland Grogan was born in Coalisland, County Tyrone on 2nd November 1893. He was one of about 15 children.
Known family: Michael Grogan, Catherine J Grogan, Patrick J Grogan (born about 1883), Mary Grogan (born 5th December 1884, 11th April 1886, Strabane), Michael Grogan (born 9th April 1886, died 9th April 1886, Strabane), Kathleen E Grogan (born 6th March 1887, Strabane), Agnes Grogan (born 12th February 1888, died 6th May 1888, Strabane), John V Grogan (born 9th February 1889, Strabane), Michael Grogan (born 11th January 1891, Strabane), Francis Grogan (born 18th April 1892, Strabane), Eugene Rowland Grogan (born 2nd November 1893, Coalisland), Annie M Grogan (born 21st June 1896, Aughnacloy), Margaret M F Grogan (born 6th January 1898, Aughnacloy), James Albert V Grogan (born 25th March 1900, Aughnacloy), Ethel J A Grogan (born 20th July 1902, Aughnacloy), Mark A Grogan (born 10th June 1905, Aughnacloy), Eileen C Grogan (born 15th June 1908, Belfast).
By 1896 Michael and the family had moved to Aughnacloy.
The 1901 census lists Eugene R as age 8, living with the family at house 16 in Moore Street, Aughnacloy.
The 1911 census does not list Rowland as living with the family at house 24 in Springfield Road, Belfast. His mother had died and his father had retired.
Roland Grogan was living in Belfast when he enlisted.
The 1911 census records an R Grogan living in Army Barracks in Dundalk, County Louth. He was 20 years old and hailed from County Tyrone. He was unmarried and worked as grocerís assistant.
Roland Grogan married Fanny Lynch about 1913. No record of this can be found on GRONI, so he may have been married elsewhere.
Medal card
Corporal Roland Grogan arrived in France with the Royal Field Artillery on 19th August 1914.
Sergeant Rowland Grogan was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). It was listed in the London Gazette on 19th January 1917. Supplement: 29912 Page: 832. It is not known what the Military Medal was awarded for.
Military Medal card
Sergeant Roland Grogan was serving with "D" Battery of the 83rd Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery when he was killed in action in France on the 17th October 1917.
Sergeant Rowland Grogan is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Coalisland area Coalisland Born in Coalisland area 54.530393 -6.674400
2 Moore St, Aughnacloy Aughnacloy Census lists family in Aughnacloy 54.415170 -6.977048
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
05/12/1884 B Grogan Mary Sibling U/1884/221/1027/12/472 Byrne
09/04/1886 D Grogan Michael Sibling D/1886/221/1027/12/28 died age 0
09/04/1886 B Grogan Michael Sibling U/1886/221/1027/13/301 O'Beirne
11/04/1886 D Grogan Mary Sibling D/1886/221/1027/12/20 died age 1
06/03/1887 B Grogan Kathleen Sibling U/1887/221/1027/14/21 O'Birne
12/02/1888 B Grogan Agnes Sibling U/1888/221/1027/14/258 O'Burne
06/05/1888 D Grogan Agnes Sibling D/1888/221/1027/12/461 died age 0
09/02/1889 B Grogan John Sibling U/1889/221/1027/15/1 O'Brine
11/01/1891 B Grogan Michael Sibling U/1891/221/1027/15/421 O'Beirne
18/04/1892 B Grogan Francis Sibling U/1892/221/1027/16/243 O'Beirne
02/11/1893 B Grogan Eugene Casualty U/1893/110/1012/18/253 O'Beirne
21/06/1896 B Grogan Annie Sibling U/1896/76/1026/9/441 O'Beirne
06/01/1898 B Grogan Margaret Sibling U/1898/76/1026/10/61 O'Beirne
25/03/1900 B Grogan James Sibling U/1900/76/1026/10/206 O'Bierne
20/07/1902 B Grogan Ethel Sibling U/1902/76/1026/10/326 O'Beirne, Ethiel
10/06/1905 B Grogan Mark Sibling U/1905/76/1026/10/454 O'Birne
15/06/1908 B Grogan Eileen Sibling U/1908/55/1007/39/237 O'Beirne
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Grogan family Lists Eugene R as age 8 living with the family at house 16 in Moore Street, Aughancloy Urban
2 1911 Census lists Grogan family Does not list Rowland as living with the family at house 24 in Springfield Road (Falls, Antrim)
3 1911 Census lists R Grogan Lists R Grogan as age 20 living in Military Barracks in Dundalk, County Louth
4 BBC Remembrance Wall Information on Roland Grogan
5 FindAGrave.com Photo of Sergeant Rowland Grogan M.M.'s headstone
6 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Rowland Grogan, born Coalisland
7 Ireland Reaching Out Details of Rowland Grogan from relatives
8 London Gazette - 19/01/1917 Supplement: 29912 Page: 832 - Military Medal
9 National Archives UK Military Medal Card can be purchased here
10 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
11 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sergeant Rowland Grogan M.M.'s headstone can be purchased here
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