982 RIFLEMAN ANDREW McGAHEY
11th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Interred in Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot 22, Row G, Grave 15a.
Andrew McGahey was born at Balnamore in 1897. Some time after this the family moved to Bushmills where he eventually enlisted. Very lit- tle is known of his early life as the family died out many years ago. They lived in Market Square and another brother, Henry, travelled the Bushmills district every day selling pins and nee- dles and other small household goods. He was very well recieved everywhere he went and was liked by everyone for his honesty and integrity. Andrew did his training at Clandeboye and was home a few times on leave. When this initial training was complete he was taken across to Seaford on the south coast of England to finish his training and then moved to France. The French Commanders were clamouring for the British to make a move to draw German forces away from Verdun and so the Battle of the Somme was planned. Andrew survived this and next day his unit was taken back for rest and re- organisation. From St Omer they were moved north to Kortepyp Camp, south of the village of Neuve Eglise. They were in the front line again at Mont Noir on the night of the 23rd of July in relief of two battalions of the 20th Division. In September they were moved to the area around Wulverghem and here they would stay for over a year. Continually there was fighting going on and men were being killed but their next major battle was the Battle of Messines in June 1917. Again Andrew survived but in August at Passchendaele he was severely injured. He was evacuated to Etaples to await a hospital ship to England for treatment for his injuries. He died there and is buried in the nearby cemetery. Sergeant John McGahey, killed in the Second World War, and named on the Bushmills War Memorial was probably another brother.