Boal, William (served as McHugh, William) (No. 3356)

Boal, William (served as McHugh, William)

Private

No. 3356, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards

Died in a Prisoner-of-War Camp on Thursday 18 May 1916

Buried:

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany (Grave IX. F. 8)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

BIOGRAPHY

William Boal who served as William McHugh was a son of John Boal.

William Boal worked as a labourer in an iron works and he and Mary Jane Hanna were married on 12 November 1902 in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.  By then William’s father John, who had been a career soldier, was dead.  Mary Jane Hanna from Newtownards was a daughter of James Hanna, a labourer.

William and Mary Jane Boal had at least five children:

William (born 5 February 1908 in Balfour Street, Newtownards; died 1 August 1984)

Mary (born 15 May 1909 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)

James Hanna (born 15 November 1910 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)

Ernest Hanna (born 27 January 1913 in Balfour Street, Newtownards; died 8 August 1945)

John Hanna (born 29 January 1915 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)

Three of the children were baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church

The 4 March 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle carried an article under the headline Crown Princess of Sweden and a Newtownards Scots Guardsman.

Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Sweden was the daughter of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria and in the article it was reported that Private William Boal whose wife and children lived at 11 Balfour Street and who had 17 years’ service in the Scots Guards had been taken prisoner and was being held in Gottingen Prisoner-of-War Camp.

The report carried a quotation from a letter received by Mrs Boal:

‘The Crown Princess of Sweden wishes to let you know that she sends your husband, Private William Boal, Scots Guards, frequent parcels to Gottingen, which he seems most grateful for.  He asked the Crown Princess to let you know this and that he is well’.

On 15 July 1916 the Newtownards Chronicle published a letter from Private Vester Viney (No. 7958) of the 1st Wiltshire Regiment to Mary Jane Boal in which he informed her that her husband, William Boal (No. 3356) Scots Guards, had died from heart failure.

Private Vester Viney was also being held in Gottingen Prisoner-of-War Camp

In the 2 September 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle it was reported that Guardsman W McHugh (No. 3356) Scots Guards who was previously reported as missing was now reported died as a Prisoner-of-War.

Guardsman William Boal who enlisted in Hamilton Lanark and served as William McHugh died on 18 May 1916 and was buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.  He is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.

Private Vester Viney died on 13 November 1918 and he too was buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery.

William Boal’s widow, Mary Jane, died on 21 October 1941 and was buried in Movilla Cemetery Newtownards.