Herron, Hugh (No. 12909)

Herron, Hugh

Lance Corporal

No. 12909, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Saturday 8 December 1917 (aged 23)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour


In some records his surname is spelt Heron.

Hugh Herron was born on 1 October 1893 in Killop’s Court, Holywood and he was a son of John and Mary Herron (nee Halligan, sometimes Hilligan) who were married on 16 January 1888 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  John Herron aged 22 from the Old Lodge Road, Belfast was a son of Hugh Herron, a coachman.  Mary Halligan aged 23 from 19 Charles Street, Belfast (born in Loughgall, Co Armagh) was a daughter of Thomas Halligan, a farmer.

The Herron family moved from Holywood to Belfast where they lived in Bangor Street and Canton Street.

Hugh’s father John served with the Royal Irish Rifles in both the South African War and the Great War.  Between these conflicts, John Herron worked as a gardener and he and Mary had at least six children:

Sarah Kirkland Neeson (born 30 November 1888 in Strand Street, Holywood)

Jane (born 10 April 1891 in Strand Street, Holywood)

Hugh (born 1 October 1893 in Killop’s Court, Holywood)

Thomas (born 20 October 1895)

John (born 13 August 1898 in hospital)

Margaret (born 27 December 1901 at 1 Bangor Street, Belfast)

Hugh Herron enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  His brother, John Herron, served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War and with the Royal Ulster Rifles in the Second World War.

Lance Corporal Hugh Herron was 23 when he died of wounds on 8 December 1917 and he has no known grave.

Lance Corporal Hugh Herron is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 265).