Charles Joseph McVeigh

Sergeant Charles Joseph McVeigh of Lurgan, Co. Armagh died on 12th August 1944 during the Battle of Normandy. He landed on Sword Beach on D-Day in 1944.

Sergeant Charles Joseph McVeigh (7013567) served in 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh.

Charles was the battalion’s Motor Transport Sergeant and rode ashore on from a Landing Craft Tank on Queen Red Sector, Sword Beach, Ouistreham on D-Day on a motorcycle.

On 6th June 1944, 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles was one of 2 battalions of The Rifles to land in Normandy. Charles went on to fight with the battalion throughout the Battle of Normandy. He died on 12th August 1944 aged 27 years old. Cause of death was shrapnel wounds.

Charles Joseph McVeigh’s grave is in Section VI, Row C, Grave 4 of St. Charles de Percy War Cemetery, Normandy, France. His name is on the Portadown War Memorial, Portadown, Co. Armagh.