In memoriam

Private Thomas Joughin




Thomas Joughin was born on 12 May 1889 at Ballyduff, near Tullamore, King's County, the tenth or eleventh of twelve children of farmer and miller William Alfred Joughin and his wife Mary Jane (née Johnston). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Ballyduff with his parents and three of his nine surviving siblings, and working on the family farm.

Joughin enlisted at Enniskillen in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 26 and 31 August 1915 (No. UD/285). On 6 October 1915 the squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division, embarked for France. Joughin, however, remained at the reinforcements depot at Enniskillen.

In April 1917 Joughin was one of ten men of the Inniskillings reserve squadron who transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) (No.105468) – together with around ten from the South Irish Horse. They embarked for France on 24 April. Joughin was attached to the 60th Brigade Machine Gun Company, 20th Division.

On 20 September 1917 60 Company took part in an attack on Eagle Trench during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, part of the 3rd Ypres offensive. Joughin was killed in action that day.

As he has no know grave, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 159.


Joughin's brother George also served in the war, as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps.





Images of Private Joughin sourced from Public Member Trees – contributor 'joedev151'. Memorial images kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project,


This page last updated 4 May 2023.