Quigley, Charles Henry (No. 25212)

Quigley, Charles Henry (Charles)


No. 25212, 14th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

Died of disease on Tuesday 18 March 1930 (aged 51)


Newtownards and District War Memorial


The name Charles Quigley is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Private in the Highland Light Infantry.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Charles Henry Quigley worked as a labourer.  He and Maria Vallely were married on 3 March 1896 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast and they had no children.  Charles Henry Quigley, aged 20, was a son of Charles Quigley; Maria Vallely, aged 19, was a daughter of Thomas Vallely.

Maria Quigley worked as a spinner in a ropeworks and in 1901 she was living in a boarding-house in Dee Street, Belfast.  For a time, Charles and Maria Quigley lived at 88 Movilla Street, Newtownards.

Charles Henry Quigley enlisted on 11 November 1915 and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 37 years of age.  On 17 November 1915, he joined the 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry and on 16 December 1915 he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion.  After serving for 224 days he was discharged from the Army at Hamilton on 22 June 1916 when it was determined that he was no longer fit for war service because of ‘inflammation of the dura mater’.  It was noted that this illness had commenced with pains in his shoulders about two years previously and that his condition had steadily worsened.  It was further determined that his disability was permanent and it was ‘not the result of nor aggravated by service’.  His application for a war pension was finally turned down in April 1919 by a Pensions Appeal Tribunal.  When he was discharged from the Army his intended place of residence was 126 East Street, Newtownards.

Charles Henry Quigley was 51 when he died of locomotor ataxia on Tuesday 18 March 1930 at the family home, 11 George’s Street, Newtownards.  His wife Maria was present when he died and she made her mark on his death certificate.