12680 THOMAS McGHEE
1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
No Known Grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. 3c
Thomas McGhee was born in the village of Mosside. This village lies on the main Ballycastle-Coleraine road about five miles from Ballycastle. The family appears to have moved to Scotland at around the turn of the century as no trace of them now remains in this area. Thomas is not commemorated in any of the local churches nor is he named on the Dervock War Memorial. These ommissions probably mean that the family had been gone for some considerable time. James and Mary McGhee had an address in Port Glasgow but an appeal for information in the Greenock Telegraph produced nothing and we can only assume that the Scottish connection has died out and is gone for ever. Thomas enlisted at Port Glasgow soon after war was declared and joined the 1st battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. His first major battle was the Battle of the Somme in July of 1916. Thomas was killed in the bitter fighting at the Battle of the Somme and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was just twenty-four years of age and as far as I know was still single. This is one of the names that I found when I went to Londonderry to study Ireland’s Memorial Records in St. Columb’s Cathedral. Had I not done so we would never have known about him, and the fact that he gave his life would have gone un-noticed.