Milliken, Hugh (No. 18/605)

Milliken, Hugh


No. 18/605, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 21 March 1918 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Pozieres Memorial, France (Panel 74 to 76)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

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

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church (as Milligen)

Annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church (as Milligan)


In some records his surname is spelt Milligan and in others Milligen.

Hugh Milliken was born on 14 August 1895 at 340 Saracen Street, Possilpark, Glasgow, Scotland and he was a son of Hugh Milliken (born at Ballyskeagh, Co Down) and Agnes Brock Kennedy Milliken (nee Lawrie, born Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, Scotland; daughter of John and Jane Lawrie).

The Milliken family lived at 59 Mansion Street, Possilpark.

Hugh and Agnes Milliken had nine children:

Ann Kennedy Lawrie Horn (born 9 March 1887)

James Lawrie (born 2 December 1889, died 13 July 1892)

John Lawrie (born 1 May 1891)

Agnes Lawrie (born 28 April 1893)

Hugh (born 14 August 1895)

William Jamieson (born 25 December 1897, died 17 September 1898)

William James (born 24 September 1899, died 18 May 1900)

Robert (twin, born 17 February 1902, died 20 November 1902)

Mary Lawrie (twin, born 17 February 1902, died 12 December 1902)

Hugh’s father, Hugh Milliken Senior, died on 13 May 1910 at Eden Villa, Hardgate, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.

When the Milliken family moved from Scotland to Ireland they lived at Lillycroft in the townland of Ballydavey, Craigavad and Hugh enlisted at Clandeboye.   Rifleman Hugh Milliken (No. 18/605) served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  The 1st Battalion was transferred to 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division on 3 February 1918 and he was 22 when he was killed in action near St Quentin on 21 March 1918, the opening day of the German Spring Offensive.

Rifleman Hugh Milliken (No. 18/605) has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  In the PCI Roll of Honour for Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church his surname is spelt Milligen and in the annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church it is spelt Milligan.

Rifleman Hugh Milliken’s mother, Agnes Milliken, died on 8 September 1922 at Ballymiscaw, Holywood, Co Down.