Charles Joseph McVeigh

Serjeant Charles Joseph McVeigh of Portadown, Co. Armagh died on 12th August 1944 as a result of shrapnel wounds while serving with the Royal Ulster Rifles.


Charles Joseph McVeigh


Serjeant Charles Joseph McVeigh (7013567) served in 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles during the Second World War. He was born in Lurgan, Co. Armagh and his parents later lived at Woodhouse Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh.

Serjeant McVeigh was a Motor Transport Sergeant within the battalion and rode ashore from a Landing Craft Tank on Queen Red Sector, Sword Beach, Ouistreham on a motorcycle on D-Day, 6th June 1944. He died on 12th August 1944 aged 27 years old during the Battle of Normandy as a result of shrapnel wounds.

News has just reached town of the death in action on 12th August, of Sergt. Charles J. McVeigh (26). It was conveyed by his wife, residing in Larne, to his parents who live in Woodhouse St., Portadown.

Sergt. McVeigh who was serving in the Royal Ulster Rifles, joined the army some years before the outbreak of war. He served for a spell in Palestine and was at the evacuation of Dunkirk. He had been home on furlough in March last, and was well-known in Portadown and district, where he took a keen and practical interest in the sporting life of the community.

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

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