Boal, Hugh Brown (No. H/19475)

Boal, Hugh Brown (Hugh)

Private

No. H/19475, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps (RCIC)

Died on active service on Wednesday 19 August 1942 (aged 37)

Buried:

Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, Seine-Maritime, France             (Special Memorial No. 7)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance (Page 59)

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Brown Boal was born on 15 March 1905 and he was a son of Eleanor (Ellen) Boal, a domestic servant of Gransha, Bangor.  Ellen Boal had three children:

Isabella (born 24 December 1900 in Gransha)

Hugh Brown (born 15 March 1905 in Gransha)

Isaac (born 13 May 1911 in Castle Mount, Bangor; died of gastro-enteritis 26 October 1911)

All three children were baptised in Ballygrainey Presbyterian Church.

Ellen Boal and Samuel McWhinney (sometimes Mawhinney) from Drumawhey, Donaghadee were married in First Donaghadee Presbyterian Church on 2 August 1912 and they lived at 27 Bangor Road, Newtownards.  They had at least three children:

Mary (born 31 January 1913 in Castle Mount, Bangor)

Robert James (born 16 May 1914 in Ballyharry)

Maggie Eleanor (born 17 September 1915 in Gransha while her father Samuel was serving with the 18th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles)

Hugh Boal and his sister Isabella lived with their maternal grandparents Robert and Mary Boal in the townland of Granshaw, Bangor.  Robert Boal worked as an agricultural labourer.

On 28 March 1924 Hugh Boal travelled to Canada aboard the SS Doric and declared his intention to settle there and work as a farm labourer.

At attestation Hugh Boal stated that his date of birth was 3 June 1906.  He served with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps (RCIC) and was 37 when he died during the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942.  Allied forces sustained heavy losses during this attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe in northern France.

Private Hugh Boal (No. H/19475) was buried in Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery and his CWGC headstone bears the inscription:

BURIED ELSEWHERE IN THIS CEMETERY

Private Hugh Boal (No. H/19475) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 59 of the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.