Regan, Samuel Hugh (Samuel)
No. 19177, ‘B’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Thursday 28 February 1918 (aged 32)
Whitechurch Cemetery, Ballywalter, Co. Down
Ballywalter and District War Memorial
Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)
In some records his surname is spelt Regin.
Samuel Hugh Regan was born on 14 July 1885 in Tullykevin (Tullycavey), and he was the eldest son of John and Catherine Regan (nee Reid) who were married on 3 October 1884 in Second Ballywalter Presbyterian Church.
John Regan worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Catherine had three children:
Samuel Hugh (born 14 July 1885 in Tullykevin)
Annie Eliza (born 1 July 1888 in Ballyboghilbow)
Robert (born 11 March 1895 in Springvale)
Samuel Hugh Regan was baptised in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church and he was 14 when his mother Catherine died of tuberculosis on 2 January 1900 (aged 35).
His father John married Elizabeth (Eliza) Thompson from Ballyhalbert on 26 February 1909 in Glastry Presbyterian Church. John and Eliza had at least two children:
Isabella (born 19 November 1910 in Springvale)
John (born 24 October 1913 in Ballywalter)
Both Isabella and John were baptised in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church.
Samuel Hugh was the second of the two Regan brothers to die during the Great War.
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, Samuel Hugh Regan worked as a general labourer and was employed by Lord Dunleath in Ballywalter Park. He and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Johnston were married on 29 April 1910 in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church. Lizzie (aged 17) worked as an embroiderer and they lived in the townland of Springvale, Ballywalter.
Samuel Hugh and Lizzie Regan had three children all of whom were baptised in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church:
Kathleen (born 1 February 1912 in Springvale; married Arthur Swail)
Mary Ann (born 19 December 1913 in Ballywalter; died 1 October 1916)
Samuel (born 30 April 1917; married Margaret Davis and then Isabel Wallace)
Mary Ann Regan was killed on 1 October 1916 when an army vehicle knocked her down on the Springvale Road. She was less than three years old. The vehicle was being driven by Lieutenant Leo McCormick 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and, at an inquest, a verdict of accidental death was returned with no blame attached to anyone.
Samuel Hugh Regan enlisted in Ballywalter on 17 September 1914 and he was posted to the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. In his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 6¾ inches tall and he had a star and anchor tattoo on his left hand.
Samuel Hugh Regan went to Clandeboye Camp for training and it was from there that he was discharged from the Army on 16 March 1915. He was considered unfit for further military service due to ‘pulmonary tuberculosis attributable to service’. It was noted that his condition originated on 15 February 1915 in Clandeboye Camp and was as a result of ‘ordinary military service attributable to cold, damp and exposure’. He qualified for a pension with effect from 19 September 1917 (Chelsea No. 107782) and was 32 when he died of tuberculosis on 28 February 1918.
Rifleman Samuel Hugh Regan was buried in Whitechurch Cemetery Ballywalter on Sunday 3 March 1918 when his son Samuel was less than a year old. Samuel Hugh Regan is commemorated on the family grave headstone:
Erected by Samuel Regan in loving memory of his daughter Mary Ann Regan
Killed in motor accident 1st Oct. 1916 aged 3 years
Asleep in Jesus
Also the above Samuel Regan who died 28th February 1918 aged 32 years
He giveth his beloved sleep
Also his wife Elizabeth Regan died 21st February 1980 aged 87 years
Elizabeth Regan was a widow for almost 62 years.
Rifleman Samuel Hugh Regan is commemorated on Ballywalter and District War Memorial and in Ballywalter Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).