McGlennon, Hugh Henry (No. 7012171)

McGlennon, Hugh Henry (Hugh)

Military Medal

Rifleman

No. 7012171, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Killed on active service on Thursday 26 April 1945 (aged 30)

Buried:

Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany (Grave 8. G. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Henry McGlennon was born on 25 June 1914 and he was a son of Patrick and Margaret (Maggie) Jane McGlennon (nee Flynn) of Ballycranbeg, Portaferry.  Patrick McGlennon worked as a farm labourer and he and Maggie Flynn were married on 23 September 1905 in Portaferry Roman Catholic Church.  Patrick McGlennon, a widower from Ballynarry, Strangford, was a son of James McGlennon, a labourer.  Margaret Flynn, a servant from Ballygraffin, Portaferry was a daughter of Thomas Flynn, a labourer.

Patrick’s first wife, Mary Ann McGlennon, died of puerperal septicaemia on 25 May 1903 (aged 25).

Patrick and Margaret (Maggie) Jane McGlennon (nee Flynn) had at least six children:

John Joseph (born 2 August 1906 in Castlemahon, Strangford)

Patrick Anthony (born 8 November 1908 in Lisbane, Portaferry)

Margaret Ellen (born 21 March 1912 in Ballycranbeg, Portaferry)

Hugh Henry (born 25 June 1914 in Ballycranbeg, Portaferry)

William Arthur (born 18 September 1916 in Ballycranbeg, Portaferry)

Gerard (Gerry, born 4 December 1918 in Ballycranbeg, Portaferry)

In the 9 September 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that Rifleman Hugh Henry McGlennon had been awarded the Military Medal and that his wife lived at Granshaw, Kircubbin.  His brother Gerry was also serving with the Forces.  In the 23 September 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator it was reported that Hugh was unmarried and that he had been in the Forces since 1933.

Rifleman Hugh Henry McGlennon (No. 7012171) was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry during the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944 – in the pre-D-day reconnaissance operations, during the landings and in the ensuing advance.  The landings took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors:  Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.  His award was announced in the 31 August 1944 edition of the London Gazette.

Rifleman Hugh Henry McGlennon (No. 7012171) was 30 when he was killed on 26 April 1945 during the Allied advance in Nazi Germany.  The vehicle he was travelling in activated a magnetic mine and there were no survivors.  He was buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

IN FOND MEMORY OF HUGH

‘ON HIS SOUL SWEET JESUS,

HAVE MERCY’

FATHER, MOTHER, BROTHERS

Rifleman Hugh Henry McGlennon (No. 7012171) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Co. Down.