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139045   Private Matthew Colgan
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/07/1891
Died: 21/12/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 25
Summary      
Mathew Colgan was the youngest son of James and Ellen Colgan. Mathew Colgan was born on 5th July 1891 in Tobermore, County Londonderry. His father was a farm labourer in Tobermore. Matthew Colgan served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers for three years. About 1912, Matthew Colgan moved to live in Toronto, Canada. Matthew was employed by the city of Toronto as a labourer before he enlisted. He was living 121 Shaw Street along with his brother David. Private Matthew Colgan was serving with 75th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he died as the result of shell wounds at No. 11 Canadian Field Ambulance on the eve of Christmas on 21st December 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery
  Souchez, Pas de Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave I-A-39
CWGC Casualty 585277
Summary      
Souchez is a village 3.5 kilometres north of Arras on the main road to Bethune. The cemetery is about 1.5 kilometres south of the village on the west side of the D937 Arras-Bethune Road.
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Local Memorial Details

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1 Tobermore Church of Ireland - WW1 Roll of Honour Tobermore
2 Tobermore War Memorial - WW1 - Part 1 Tobermore
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Tobermore Book WW1 14
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1 1901 Census lists Colgan family 1901 census lists Matthew as age 10 living with the family at house 9 in Moyesset, Tobermore, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists 'Colgin' family 1911 census does not list Matthew as living with the family at house 95 in Tobermore Town, Londonderry
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Matthew Colgan
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private Matthew Colgan including photos
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Matthew Colgan's death
6 Lives of the First World War Photo of Private Matthew Colgan
7 Private Matthew Colgan Canadian Military documents (36 no.)
8 Tobermore Community Project Photo of Private Matthew Colgan