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Michael (Walter) McGuigan (McGugan)

Michael (Walter) McGuigan (McGugan)

About Michael (Walter)

Michael McGuigan was born in Newry, County Armagh, Ireland, on the 6th April 1864, the son of Michael and Rose McGuigan.  The family home was at 2. Collins Court, Newry, Co. Down.

He engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania on 12th April 1915 at Liverpool at a monthly wage of £6-0s-0d., and was killed when she was sunk.  He was aged 51 years, although he gave his age when signing on as being 46 years.

His body was not recovered and identified afterwards and as a result, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.

There is no Trimmer Michael McGuigan shown as a crew member in a list published by Cunard in March 1916, but there is a Trimmer Walter McGugan.  In the absence of any other casualty with this rank or similarity of name, it must be assumed that Walter McGugan is the same person as Michael McGuigan, whose name is recorded by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 English Census, 1901 English Census, Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 334.

Michael (Walter) McGuigan (McGugan)



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