|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1915|
County Londonderry, Ireland
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1942, At Sea|
Allan Lamont was born at Carnaboy, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The beloved son of Margaret Jane Lamont and her fiance Allan Mills McCullagh
Allan's father had been granted leave from the army and was on his way home to meet his son and marry my granny. In one of the last letters he had sent to my granny he asked "If we have a son please call him Allan."
The Records State, Private Allan Mills McCullagh was at or near the train station when he was shot by sniper fire and rushed by stretcher-bearers to the nearby dressing station (field ambulance station). He was found to be dangerously ill and taken to the hospital at Le Havre France, where he died from his wounds.
Sadly, Allan Lamont never got to meet his father, but every year on Rememberance Day, Allan and his mum would make the long walk to town to attend the service at Bushmills War Memorial. Young Allan would gather wild flowers from the field and when his fathers' name was called he would step forward and lay them on the memorial.
For several years Allan was an only child until his mum met and married John McLean. In time Allan had 10 brothers and sisters, my mum Mary being the youngest.
All of the children looked up to him and he was always referred to as "Our Allan."
Times were hard in Ireland and there was very little work in the towns and even less in country villages.
In 1936 Allan joined the Royal Navy and served on several ships.
HMS Iron Duke, HMS Drake, HMS Exeter, HMS Defender, HMS Hood and from 1939-1942 HMS Jaguar.
On every trip home Allan would bring gifts for the family and the little ones treasured such luxuries. For his mum it would be a brooch or something similar with "Mother" on it. He loved his family dearly and sent money home regular to his mum.
Allan's last trip home was 24 hours of compassionate leave after being wounded in Dunkirk.
He hugged the family goodbye on June 10th, 1940 and sadly that was the last time they were to see each other.
At 02.27 hours on 26 March 1942, the HMS Jaguar F34 a J-CLASS destroyer, was part of a convoy, on her way to Tobruk. She was escorting a Tanker and both ships were sunk by U-652 with a spread of four torpedoes. Two of the torpedoes struck in the bow, the ship caught fire and sank in a short time. Of the 246 officers and men aboard only 53 survived.
Allan Lamont died at sea aged 26 years.
BEHIND THE STORY
In December 2007, my husband and I travelled to France and found the grave of the young man who was Allan Lamont's father and the man my granny had loved so dearly.
It was very emotional and exciting. The rain stopped and sun shone through while I took photos and "talked" with Allan McCullagh.
I told him about his son Allan Lamont that he never got to see. How my granny had never forgotten him and how she sang their song till the day she died.
It took 90 years, but Allan's grave was found and the story of their love has been told. I believe the circle is now complete and my granny, her sweetheart and their son, can all be at peace.
Allan Mills McCullagh (1896 - 1917)
Margaret Jane Lamont McLean (1892 - 1958)
Allan Lamont (1915 - 1942)
Margaret Jane McLean Patton (1919 - 2011)**
Note: D/SSX 17853
Body lost at sea
Maintained by: Annie Mc
Originally Created by: International Wargraves ...
Record added: Feb 10, 2006
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