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71398   Private Matthew Hagan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Staffordshire Yeomanry (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/05/1895
Died: 17/10/1918 (Died of Illness)
Age: 23
Matthew was a son of William and Matilda Hagan of Aughavey, Coagh, and educated at Tamlaght National School. He joined the North Irish Horse in the early months of the war and went to France, where he took part in some heavy engagements for 18 months. He was invalided home suffering from pleurisy. After spending some time in Hospital he returned to his unit and volunteered again for overseas service. In late 1917 the North Irish Horse were temporarily disbanded and in January 1918 he was transferred to the Staffordshire Yeomanry. He contracted malaria while serving in Palestine and died on 17th October 1918, aged 24.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Beirut War Cemetery
  Beirut  15
Grave Ref: Grave 31
CWGC Casualty 896430
This Cemetery is located on Jalloul, in the Assas Area which is to the west of the Forest of Pines. The cemetery is next to a French cemetery and near to an electricity company and is divided into two seperate sections for First World War and Second World War burials, on opposite sides of the road. GPS Co-ordinates: 33.869765, 35.505313 (or +33 52' 11.15" N, +35 30' 19.13" E)
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
2 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
3 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Tamlaght National School
2 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 291
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Hagan family 1901 census lists "Mathew" as age 6 at house 12 in Great Georges Street, Coagh
2 1911 Census lists Hagan family 1911 census lists "Mathew" as age 18, a fowl dealer, at house 21 in Great Georges Street, Coagh
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 North Irish Horse website Information on Matthew Hagan including grave photo
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Matthew Hagan
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Matthew Hagan's grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023