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   Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 22/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 03/03/1883
Died: 16/12/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
Summary      
Andrew Hegarty was the son of Dr Andrew and Mary Hegarty. Andrew was born on 3rd March 1883 in Kilrea. His father was a Physician and Surgeon at Queens University, Ireland. Andrew too went became a medical student. Andrew Hegarty married May Barry Hegarty. Andrew received his commission on 26th July 1915, being attached as medical officer to a battery of Field Artillery. Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.), when he was killed in action near Ypres on 16th December 1915. He was 32 years old. Two of his brothers, Lieutenant John Hegarty, Royal Army Medical Corps, and Mr Patrick Hegarty, of the Motor Section, Army Service Corps, also served.
Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty
Further Information
Andrew Hegarty was the son of Dr Andrew and Mary Hegarty. Dr Andrew Hegarty married Mary McAllister in Magherafelt district on 12th February 1878.
Andrew was born on 3rd March 1883 in Kilrea.
Known family: Andrew Hegarty, Mary Hegarty, John Hegarty (born 11th May 1879), Mary Hegarty (born 11th May 1879), Thomas Hegarty (born 17th September 1880), Andrew Hegarty (born 19th February 1882, died 10th May 1882), Andrew Hegarty (born 3rd March 1883), Helen Hegarty (born 19th May 1886), Annie Hegarty (born about 1887), Daniel Hegarty (born 1st April 1888), Patrick Hegarty (born about 1892).
The 1901 census lists Andrew as age 18 living with the family at house 20 in Draperstown, County Londonderry. His father was a Physician and Surgeon at Queens University, Ireland. His brother John was listed as a medical student and Andrew was a scholar.
The 1911 census does not list Andrew as living with the family at house 12 in Townparks, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. No record of him exists on the 1911 census, so he may well have been living in Edinburgh by that time.
Andrew Hegarty was the husband of May Barry Hegarty.
Andrew received his commission on 26th July 1915, being attached as medical officer to a battery of Field Artillery.
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Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty was serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps (R.A.M.C.), when he was killed in action near Ypres on 16th December 1915. He was 32 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 21st December 1915: Lieutenant A Hegarty R.A.M.C.
Dr A Hegarty, J.P., Magherafelt, has received notification by wire from the War Office that his son, Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty, Royal Army Medical Corps was killed in action on 16th December. The deceased officer was the fourth son of Dr Hegarty, and in July offered his services to the Government, which were accepted. He was attached to the Royal Field Artillery, and proceeded to France, where he laid down his life. He had only been married for a very short period. He had two brothers – Lieutenant John Hegarty, R.A.M.C., and the other Patrick, who was attached to the Motor Service. The late Lieutenant Hegarty was a great favourite in the town and district of Magherafelt, and was well known in football circles in Belfast.
A report was published in the Scottish newspaper, the Evening Standard, on 23rd December 1915, of Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty’s death.
From The Tablet dated 8th January 1916:
Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty, R.A.M.C., fourth son of Dr C A Hegarty, of Magherafelt, Co. Derry, was killed in action in France on December 16. He received his commission in July last, being attached as medical officer to a battery of Field Artillery. Two of his brothers, Lieut. John Hegarty, R.A.M.C., and Mr Patrick Hegarty, of the Motor Section, A.S.C., are also on active service.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 15th January 1916:
Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Belgium.
Two of his brothers, Lieutenant John Hegarty, Royal Army Medical Corps, and Mr Patrick Hegarty, of the Motor Section, Army Service Corps, also served.
The CWGC record Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty as the son of Dr and Mrs A. Hegarty of Magherafelt, Co. Derry. He is recorded as the husband of May Barry Hegarty, of 6 Melville Street, Portobello, Edinburgh.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Draperstown town Draperstown Census listing in Draperstown town 54.793522 -6.781716
2 Kilrea area Kilrea Born in Kilrea area 54.949496 -6.549137
3 Townparks, Magherafelt Magherafelt Town Parents lived in Townparks, Magherafelt 54.755667 -6.607615
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1 1901 Census lists Hegarty family 1901 census lists Andrew as age 18 living with the family at house 20 in Draperstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Hegarty family 1911 census does not list Andrew as living with the family at house 12 in Townparks, Magherafelt, Londonderry
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 The London Gazette Details of Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty
5 The Tablet - 8th January 1916 Details of Lieutenant Andrew Hegarty
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