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 Rifleman Alexander Huey

Rifleman Alexander Huey

Northern Ireland
Death 16 Aug 1917 (aged 20–21)
Burial Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Memorial ID 11943803 · View Source
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Alex was the son of William and Rose Huey. Born in Ballynagashel the family later moved to Ballycraigagh.

It was while living here that Alex's parents "took in" young William Laverty who had lost his mother during the flu epidempic that had swept through Ireland.

When the family received word that James , who was working in Scotland, had joined the army and was coming home to Ireland to train with the Royal Irish Rifles, Alex and brother William Laverty also joined up.

Together, Alex and William completed their training and were sent to France. Always the duo, they fought along side each other in the trenches and managed to be sent home on leave together in June of 1915.

The strong bond between the family meant the boys wrote home often and to each other and when the family had not heard from James for almost two months they were very concerned.

Mrs Huey received a letter from Alex in August of 1916 telling her William had been killed in action on July 1st 1916 during the battle of the Somme. Sadly, only a month later she received an official letter from the record office confirming James had been killed in action the previous year, September 25th, 1915, during the Battle of Loos.

The 12th Battalion were strengthened with new recruits and moved to Ypres in Belgium. During August there was torrential rain and ground was a sea of mud with shell holes being filled to the lip with water. Soldiers were knee deep in this mud fighting the battle for Messines Ridge.

Sadly Alexander Huey was killed in action at the young age of 22 years.

Rifleman Alexander Huey
Service No: 801
Royal Irish Rifles
12th Battalion

Rifleman Alexander Huey is remembered on the Stranocum War Memorial, in Stranocum, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland.

Gravesite Details 801. 12th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. 16th August 1917. Age 22. Son of William Huey and Rose Huey (nee Orr)





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11943803
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rifleman Alexander Huey (1896–16 Aug 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11943803, citing Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium ; Maintained by Annie Mc (contributor 46932176) .