In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the Cumnock War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Hugh Brogan

Hugh Brogan was born at Townhead, Old Cumnock in 1887. His mother Catherine Brogan died after his birth of puerperal septicaemia and he was brought up by his grandparents Michael and Isabella Brogan.

In 1911 he was already in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, aged 24, single, a signaller in South Africa.

He was thirty when he died on 13 May 1917 in France, a Corporal in the RSF.

It is noted he was the son of the late Catherine Brogan so he presumably was single.  He is buried on The Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery in Arras France and is remembered on the Cumnock War Memorial.

Update 15 Oct 2014
An obituary in the Cumnock Chronicle confirms that he was brought up by Granny Brogan. He served for twelve years in India and South Africa eventually joined the South African mounted police where he rose to the postion of Sergeant. He was in South Africa when war broke out and returned home to enlist with his old regiment and was in duty in France by October 1914. He was expected to be married to Nurse Clark of Pretoria this spring (1917) but owing to sailing restrictions on women she was not allowed to sail.

Update 1 Dec 2015
His effects (pay due) were left solely to Miss May Clark

In 1901 census he was a cattle boy at Borland Farm Cumnock with the McClannachans
His grandparents died in 1911 and 1915

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