Company Sergeant Major
No. 15/9241, Cyclist Corps, 36th (Ulster Division)
Transferred to 15th Battalion, then 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 December 1917 (aged 23)
Grevillers British Cemetery, France (Grave IX. B. 5)
Greyabbey and District War Memorial located on the outside wall of
Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour’s)
Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for
Trinity Presbyterian Church Greyabbey
Family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Cemetery
In some records his surname is spelt McCallam
Hugh McCallum was born on 16 December 1893 and he was a son of John and Charlotte McCallum (nee Dornan) who were married on 7 July 1893 in Greyabbey Presbyterian Church. John McCallum, a blacksmith from Donaghadee, was a son of John McCallum, a clerk. Charlotte Dornan from Ballybryan was a daughter of Hugh Dornan, a labourer.
The McCallum family lived in Ballybryan, Ballywalter, Bowtown, Newtownards and Greyabbey.
John McCallum worked as a blacksmith and he and Charlotte had at least five children:
Hugh (born 16 December 1893 in Ballybryan)
Agnes Jane (born 3 September 1896 in Ballywalter; baptised in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church)
Catherine (born 13 October 1898 in Bowtown)
Mary Elizabeth (born 7 October 1901 in Mill Street, Newtownards)
Eleanor Martha (born 25 March 1904 in Greyabbey)
Hugh McCallum was baptised in Greyabbey Presbyterian Church
John and Charlotte McCallum moved to Scotland where they lived at 1 Blacklands Row, Kilwinning in Ayrshire.
On leaving school Hugh McCallum served his apprenticeship in gardening when he worked in Rosemount Gardens, Greyabbey for the Montgomery family. He went from there to Charleston Gardens in County Roscommon where he worked for Sir Gilbert King. After that he went to work in the Flood Hall Gardens in County Kilkenny. From there he secured a position in Belle Vue Park Dublin which was owned by Mr M.V.B. Douglas DL. After that Hugh McCallum moved to Scotland where he was employed for a year by the Marquis of Tweeddale at Haddington, Edinburgh.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War, Hugh McCallum joined the Cyclist Corps of the 36th (Ulster) Division. He was transferred to the 15th and then the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim Volunteers) and he served in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. In April 1917 he had a short period of home leave before returning to the fighting line and on 1 December 1917 Company Sergeant Major Hugh McCallum was killed in action. He was 23.
When he died Hugh McCallum had relatives living in Greyabbey. His uncle and aunt, Samuel and Mrs K. Bell, placed an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice in the Newtownards Chronicle and it contained the verse:
Some time we hope to meet him:
Some time, we know not when,
We shall clasp his hand in a better land
And never part again.
Company Sergeant Major Hugh McCallum was buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, France and he is commemorated on Greyabbey and District War Memorial located on the outside wall of Greyabbey Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Saviour’s); in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Trinity Presbyterian Church Greyabbey and on the McCallum Family Grave Headstone in Greyabbey Old Cemetery.