Pte
William Monaghan

Information about birth

Date of birth:
16/06/1885
Place of birth:
Newtownhamilton, Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Farm Labourer

Army information

Country:
Ireland
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
23300
Enlistment date:
11/1915
Enlistment place:
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Royal Irish Fusiliers, 9th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
16/08/1917
Place of death:
Pommern Redoubt - Hill 35, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
32

Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 141

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Private Monaghan William was part of the 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, 108th Brigade, 36th Division and took part in the Battle of Langemark on 16th August 1917. The battalion assembled in an old trench running from Pommern Redoubt (HQ) to Iberian Farm. During the attack they reached a hostile entrenched position south of strongpoint at Hill 35. The strong opposition was met and the strongpoint, which held up the advance, was taken. In the mean while the 7/8th Royal Irish Fusiliers got ahead of them as did the barrage. A platoon was left to consolidate Hill 35 as the assault continued. They pushed on until the center had reached a double row of wire south and east of Gallipoli which was only cut in one or two places. Again this held up the advance. German machinegun fire was brought to bear on them from dugouts in Gallipoli, Aisne House, Martha House and Hill 37, which caused a lot of casualties. It was found impossible to push on. The battalion retired and took up a line along a trench running along Hill 35. But machinegun fire from Hill 37 was enfilading this position and again the battalion retired to a trench running in a southern direction on Hill 35. This was consolidated and held until the 16th Division to their right had to fall back, again the battalion had to retired due to enfilade fire, from Iberian Farm. William Monaghan was killed in the area of Pommern Redoubt and Hill 35, due to the battalion retreating his body was never recovered. He is on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.

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Sources 7

Ancestry
http://www.ancestry.com/
Sources used
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/831215/MONAGHAN,%20WILLIAM
Sources used
Famous Regiments, The Royal Irish Fusiliers, Henry Harris
Further reference
The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/
Sources used
The Royal Irish Fusiliers 1793-1968, Marcus Cunliffe
Sources used
The Third Ypres Passchendaele Day-By-Day Account, McCarthy Chris
Sources used
War Diary 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers aug 1917
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