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13/2027   Private Michael Corrigan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 14/06/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Auckland Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/06/1885
Died: 30/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
Summary      
Michael Corrigan (Cargan) was the eldest son of Bernard and Sarah Cargan. He was born on 8th June 1885 in Lissan. He was the eldest of seven children. They were a farming family who lived in Dirnan, Lissan. As a young man he emigrated to New Zealand. Michael lived in Utiku. Utiku is situated in the middle of the North Island. It is about 100 kilometres west of Hastings. At the outbreak of the First World War, Michael enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Private Michael Corrigan was killed in action in France on 30th March 1918.
Private Michael Corrigan
Further Information
Michael Cargan was the eldest son of Bernard and Sarah Cargan. Bernard Cargan and Sarah O’Neil were married on 14th April 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
Michael Cargan was born on 8th June 1885 in Lissan. His birth was registered in Moneymore. Michael was the eldest of seven children.
Family: Bernard Corrigan (died 29th January 1920), Sarah Corrigan (died 29th September 1928), Michael Corrigan (born 8th June 1885, died 30th March 1918), James Corrigan (born 2nd August 1886), Bernard Corrigan (born 3rd September 1888, died 3rd April 1965), Mary Anne Corrigan (born 31st March 1891), Sarah Corrigan (born 6th May 1893, died 22nd March 1933), Patrick Corrigan (born 20th July 1895), Charles Corrigan (born 23rd January 1901).
The 1901 and 1911 census results both list the family name as Cargan. All relative GRONI records have the name GRONI. It seems the family name changed after 1911. The family headstone in Lissan RC graveyard has the name Corrigan.
The 1901 census lists Michael as age 15, living with the family at house 5 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper, County Londonderry. Michael had left school and was working as a farmer. They were a farming family.
The 1911 census does not list Michael as living with the family at house 13 in Dirnan, Lissan Upper.
As a young man he emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Auckland.
Michael was living in Utiku. Utiku is situated in the middle of the North Island. It is about 100 kilometres west of Hastings.
At the outbreak of the First World War, Michael enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
Photo of Michael Corrigan
Private Michael Corrigan was killed in action in France on 30th March 1918.
Private Michael Corrigan has no known grave and is commemorated on Grevillers Cemetery, (New Zealand) Memorial, France.
Michael Corrigan is also commemorated on the family headstone in Lissan Roman Catholic Churchyard. The graveyard map records them as being from Dirnan.
Have Mercy on the soul of Bernard Corrigan died 29th January 1920. Sarah Corrigan died 29th September 1928. Their son Michael Corrigan died 30th March 1918, their daughter Sarah Higgins died 22nd March 1933 and their son Bernard died 3rd April 1965
The CWGC record Private Michael Corrigan as the son of Bernard and Sarah Corrigan, of Dirnan Lissan, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Dirnan, Lissan Upper Lissan CWGC lists parents in Dirnan 54.703612 -6.762358
2 Lissan RC Churchyard Lissan On family plot in Lissan graveyard 54.689969 -6.758711
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists 'Cargan' family Lists Michaelas age 15 living with the family at house 5 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists 'Cargan' family Does not list Michael as living with the family at house 13 in Dirnan, Lissan Upper, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents (3 no) of Private Michael Corrigan
4 Dolores Cross Project No picture of Private Michael Corrigan's grave
5 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private Michael Corrigan's inscription
6 irishgraveyards.ie - Lissan Michael Corrigan is listed on the family headstone
7 New Zealand War Records Cenotaph record for Michael Corrigan (includes photos)
8 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private Michael Corrigan including grave photo
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018