Marie McLoughlin about Michael Nugent
Born in Celbridge in 1896 to Margaret and Henry Nugent, and raised in Chapelizod, Michael was the eldest of seven children.
His mother’s family bred horses. His father gardened and worked on the railway in Inchicore. They lived on a small farm on Ballyfermot Hill in Chapelizod. At just 18 years old Michael, or Mikey as he was known, found himself on the front line. Private Michael Nugent, No. 10906, of the Royal Irish Regiment, D Company, 1st Battalion. Family legend has it that he was shot by a sniper on Hill 60. Mikey died on 18 April 1915. His remains were never found. He is remembered on the Ypres Memorial in Belgium. Mikey was an adored big brother and his loss devastated his family.
Image above: A photo of Michael in a locket. It also contains a lock of his hair. His mother had this made and wore it to remember her firstborn.
Images below: Front and back of a postcard sent to Michael on the battlefield from his sister Catherine.
Front of Postcard sent to Michael | Document: Marie McLoughlin
Back of Postcard sent to Michael | Document: Marie McLoughlin