Rogan, James (No. 5827)

Rogan, James

Private

No. 5827, 9th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers

Killed in action on Thursday 27 April 1916 (aged 18)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Loos Memorial, France (Panel 127)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

BIOGRAPHY

James Rogan was born on 9 November 1897 in West Street, Bangor and he was a son of John and Isabella Rogan (nee McMaster) who were married on 13 October 1896 in Bangor Roman Catholic Church.  John Rogan of West Street, Bangor worked as a stonemason and he was a son of John Rogan, a stonemason.  Isabella McMaster of West Street, Bangor worked as a servant and she was a daughter of James McMaster, a labourer.

James Rogan lived with his widowed aunt, Mary Elizabeth McGonegal (sometimes McGonigal), in West Street and then at 14 King Street, Bangor.  Mary Elizabeth McGonegal was James’s guardian and she and her invalid son George relied on James for financial support.

Soon after the outbreak of the Great War James Rogan enlisted in Belfast, served with the 9th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and was killed in action on 27 April 1916.  Initially he was reported as missing in action and then his aunt received a letter from Sergeant Halfpenny.

Sergeant Halfpenny told her that Private James Rogan (No. 5827) had been killed during an attack on the trenches.  He said, ‘Private Rogan was in charge of a trench mortar and bravely fell in the execution of his duty. He and two other soldiers were buried in one grave’.

In June 1916, it was officially confirmed that Private James Rogan (No. 5827) must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Private James Rogan was 18 when he was killed and he has no known grave.

Private James Rogan (No. 5827) is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 64) and on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque.