McHugh, John Kavanagh

McHugh, John Kavanagh (Jack)


No. 14214477, 11th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

Killed in action on Sunday 30 July 1944 (aged 21)


Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France (Grave I. D. 9)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial


John Kavanagh (Jack) McHugh was born in June 1923 in Primrose Street, Bangor and he was a son of James Kavanagh McHugh (born 10 September 1868) and Margaret McHugh (nee Cookson).  James K. McHugh was a bookmaker and during the First World War he worked for the Ministry of Munitions in Gretna, Scotland.  During his time there he met Margaret Cookson and their marriage was registered in the third quarter of 1918 in Carlisle, Cumberland.  They had three children:

Patrick Kavanagh (birth registered first quarter 1919 in Carlisle)

Margaret L. (birth registered third quarter 1920 in Carlisle; died in infancy)

John Kavanagh (Jack, born June 1923)

Jack’s father James died on 5 March 1932 (aged 60) and, after his mother Margaret married William Ferguson on 15 April 1939 in Bangor, they moved to Wigtown in Scotland.

Jack McHugh’s paternal grandparents were Patrick and Selina McHugh (nee Kavanagh).  Patrick McHugh worked in the family business started by his father Bernard and his uncle Edward – B. & E. McHugh (Wholesale and Retail Drapery), Rosemary Street, Belfast.  Edward McHugh was Member of Parliament for South Armagh from 1892 until 1900.

Jack McHugh was educated at St. Comgall’s Public Elementary School, Brunswick Road, Bangor and prior to joining up he worked in a creamery in Scotland.  He lived with his mother and stepfather and from there he made frequent trips back to Bangor to visit his brother Patrick who lived at 36 Dufferin Avenue.  Jack McHugh joined up in June 1942 at the age of 19, he served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers and was killed in action in Normandy on 30 July 1944.  He was buried in Ranville War Cemetery.  The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944 and Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured.

Fusilier John Kavanagh (Jack) McHugh was 21 when he died and he is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial.