Tate, Hugh James (No. 12443)

Tate, Hugh James (Hugh)


No. 12443, ‘A’ Company, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 7 June 1917 (aged 30)


Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium (Grave I. D. 5)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Harland & Wolff (Queen’s Island) War Memorial


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Hugh Tate was born in Donaghadee and enlisted in Belfast.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Hugh Tate was the husband of Sarah J. Tate of 9 Mersey Street, Belfast.

Hugh Tate and Sarah Jane Atkinson were married on 3 November 1909 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Belfast.  Hugh Tate (aged 25), a labourer from 72 Henry Street, Belfast was a son of William Tate, a grocer.  Sarah Jane Atkinson (aged 24), a polisher from 54 Henry Street, Belfast was a daughter of Hugh Atkinson, a labourer.

In 1911 Hugh and Sarah Jane Tate were living in Chamberlain Street, Belfast with Patrick and Sarah Connor.  Hugh was working as a labourer in the shipyard and Sarah was working as a twister in the ropeworks.  They attended St Clement’s Parish Church of Ireland Church in Belfast.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Property and Effects it is recorded that Rifleman Hugh Tate’s widow Sarah received the money that was due to him.

In the 1901 census it is recorded that Hugh Tate (aged 13) was living in Skipton Street, Belfast with his sister Martha (aged 6) together with his parents William Tate (aged 34) and Dora Tate (aged 35).  William Tate was a grocer.

Hugh Tate was in fact a stepson of Dora Tate; he was born on 6 October 1887 in the townland of Ballymacormick, Groomsport and he was a son of William and Sarah Tate (nee Bryan) from Ballymaconnell who were married on 4 December 1886 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).

At that time, William Tate worked as a labourer and he and Sarah had two children:

Hugh James (born 6 October 1887 in Ballymacormick)

Henry (born 25 April 1891 in Orlock)

Their mother, Sarah Tate, died on 6 March 1892 in Downpatrick Asylum and their father, William James Tate from Balloo, married Dora Spratt, a domestic servant from Belfast, on 18 August 1892 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s).  Their daughter, Jane Martha Tate, was born on 8 April 1895 at 11 Skipton Street, Belfast.

Hugh James Tate enlisted in Belfast, served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Messines.

Rifleman Hugh Tate (No. 12443) was buried in Lone Tree Cemetery (Spanbroekmolen), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

At the time of Hugh’s death, Sarah Jane was living at 9 Mersey Street, Belfast.

Rifleman Hugh Tate is (No. 12443) commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 618) and on the Harland & Wolff (Queen’s Island) War Memorial.