Nugent, John Andrew (John)
No. 307920, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Killed in action on Monday 2 October 1944 (aged 19)
Castiglione South African Cemetery, Italy (Grave I. D. 21)
Ballyphilip Parish Church of Ireland Church, Portaferry
During the Second World War two Nugent brothers served with the 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards which was raised in 1941, served in North Africa and Italy and disbanded in 1945.
John Andrew Nugent was born on 1 September 1925 and he was a son of Major the Right Honourable Sir Roland Thomas Nugent, Kt., JP, DL and Lady Cynthia Maud Nugent (nee Ramsden) of Portaferry House, Portaferry, Co. Down. They were married on 25 September 1917 and had three children:
Elizabeth Anne (born 10 March 1919)
Patrick Edmund Charles (born 4 November 1920)
John Andrew (born 1 September 1925)
Sir Roland Nugent held several different offices including Minister without Portfolio in the Northern Ireland Government and Leader of the Northern Ireland Senate. He died on 18 August 1962.
John Andrew Nugent was educated at Eton College. He joined the Grenadier Guards, and he was killed in action on 2 October 1944 in Italy as Allied Forces advanced northwards. It was at the end of September 1944 that Allied Forces entered Castiglione and secured their position there. Lieutenant John Andrew Nugent was 19 when he died and he was buried in Castiglione South African Cemetery, Italy. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
FORTIS ATQUE FIDELIS
This inscription means Strong and Faithful.
Lieutenant John Andrew Nugent is commemorated in Ballyphilip Parish Church of Ireland Church, Portaferry and in Eton College.