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437103   Private James Hegan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 15/03/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/03/1895
Died: 12/11/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
James Hegan was a son of William John and Mary Hegan. He was born in Cookstown on 26th March 1895. James was one of twelve children, eleven surviving. His father was a farmer and they lived in Ballysudden, Tullyhogue. James Hegan emigrated to Canada where he worked as a farmer. He enlisted in Edmonton when he was 20 years old. Private James Hegan was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was severely wounded by a shell. He died two days later on 12th November 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
  Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave 13-F-16
CWGC Casualty 620947
The cemetery is located to the north-west of Poperinge near Krombeke. From Ieper follow the directions to Poperinge along the by-pass. At the end of the by-pass at the traffic lights turn right into Oostlaan. Follow Oostlaan over the roundabout to the end of the road. Turn left into Veurnestraat and follow along here to the first turning on the right. (From Poperinge centre, follow the directions to Veurne along the Veurnestraat to the second turning on the left.) Turn into Sint-Bertinusstraat and follow this road up the rise and round a left hand bend. After the bend, take the right hand turning in the direction of Krombeke along the Krombeekseweg. Follow the Krombeekseweg past the "De Lovie" centre where the road name changes to Leeuwerikstraat and then past a cafe on the left. Approximately 500 meters after the cafe on the left, you will see a sign for the cemetery pointing to a track on the right into the woods. The cemetery is along here at the end of the track.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
3 Sandholes Presbyterian Roll Of Honour Sandholes
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 228
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Hegan family 1901 census lists James as age 5 at house 3 in Annaghmore, Tullaghoge
2 1911 Census lists Hegan family 1911 census lists James as age 16 at house 4 in Ballysudden Tullaghoge
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private James Hegan
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private James Hegan
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private James Hegan's death
6 Gravestone photo of James Hegan
7 James Hegan Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (42 no.)
8 William Gorman Cousin of James Hegan
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023