Name: Dermot Mcknight HARTIGAN
Given Name: Dermot Mcknight
Surname: Hartigan 1
Birth: 16 Oct 1886 in Hampstead, London, England
Death: 1976 2 3
Note: He attended a boarding school in the Parish of Eastbourne , Sussex. INterestingly, there was also a Herbert BOLTON th ere also, age 8.
Note: He served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers , and was Cap tain mentioned June 4, 1917.
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Father: William McKnight HARTIGAN b: Abt 1852 in Co. Limerick, Ireland
Mother: Florence Gertrude DARE b: 9 Jan 1855 in Beach Ave., Singapore c: 11 Mar 1855 in Singapore
- Abbrev: 2011 Jan 9 Peter Jamieson
Title: 2011 Jan 9 Peter Jamieson
Text: Mary married her cousin, my uncle George Allen. She died i n 1962 whenI think she was in her mid-eighties so she mus t have been born in thelate 1870s. I am afraid I have les s information aboujt Dermot who Ibeleive was in the Army (I niskillings ?) He lived in N.Ireland.
- Abbrev: Citation Text: HKCP Synapse April 2001 article on Dr. Sun Yat Senmentions Dr. Hartigan as one of his teachers. (saved under ?Synapse?)
Title: Citation Text: HKCP Synapse April 2001 article on Dr. Sun Y at Senmentions Dr. Hartigan as one of his teachers. (save d under ?Synapse?)
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Text: Lt Col D McK Hartigan MC
NOTE: His death notice is one of the news clippings at Anna bel BowmanVaughan?s
By J. Condon
Dermot McKnight Hartigan was born in London on 16 October 1 886 and waseducated at St Christopher's School, Eastbourn e (September 1898 - July1901) and at Rugby (September 190 1 - July 1904). He joined The RoyalMilitary College Sandhur st as a Cadet in January 1905 and wascommissioned into th e Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on the 24th ofJanuary 1906 . Joining the 1st Battalion in Belfast on 1 March, helate r served with the Battalion in Crete (from 24 April 1907) ; Malta(from 26 February 1908) - where he qualified as an I nterpreter inFrench in July 1908, and where he was promote d Lieutenant on 13January 1910; N China - Tsientsin (from 2 3 September 1909), and inIndia - Mhow - from 3 January 1912 . Posted to the Depot in Omagh on 1November 1912 he was the re when war was declared in August 1914.
He was posted to the 2nd Battalion on 26 August 1914, arriv ing to joinA Company on 12 September. The War Diary of th e 2nd Battalion records
13 October 1914 Longeuil
.... Heavy firing heard to SE. Marched from billets at 10.5 0am andcame in contact with enemy about 3pm in the neighbou rhood of METERIEN.Fierce fighting. Village taken during th e night. Casualties Lieut DMcK Hartigan wounded ....
The ?Sprig? reveals that he had been shot in the lung and M OD Recordsreveal he was moved to Boulogne for transfer to U K the same day. Hearrived at Southampton on board the Yach t ?Albion? on 18 October and,4 days later, was promoted Cap tain. He joined the 3rd Battalion inDerry on 1 April 1915 a nd rejoined the 2nd Battalion in France on 18May. His sta y with the Battalion was a relatively short one for, on 3De cember he went to Marseille to join a troopship on the 6t h to takehim to the 6th Battalion, part of 10 Division.
He served with the 6th Battalion from 3 January to 26 Apri l 1916, onwhich date he joined HQ 27 Division, Salonika For ces, as a GSO 3. On11 January 1917 he left, and on the 12t h was posted, again as a GSO 3to GHQ British Salonika Force . It was, presumably, for this job thathe was awarded the M ilitary Cross (without citation) - London Gazette4 June 191 7. Three days later (7 June 1917) he was appointed BrigadeM ajor of 67 Infantry Brigade, which appointment he held unti l 2January 1918, when he was posted to the staff of HQ 16 C orps as GSO 2.During this appointment he was promoted Breve t Major (LG 3 June 1918).He left 16 Corps on 2 December 191 8 and, on 1 April 1919, relinquishedhis temporary rank of M ajor and his appointment as GSO 2.
In the same month (April) he went to Staff College and, whi le there,was awarded (LG 7 October 1919) the Military Cros s (Greece) 2nd Class.This award is unique to the Regiment . In all, only sixty five GreekMC's, 2nd Class, (from a tot al of eight hundred and eighty six) wereawarded to Britis h personnel between 1914 and 1921. Of these, onlytwenty-fiv e officers also held the British MC, which makes thiscombin ation very rare indeed.
After Staff College he served for two years at the War Offi ce in MI3,and then retired to the Reserve on 1st February 1 922, retaining therank of Major.
He started a business career, which he pursued until the ou tbreak ofwar in 1939, when he returned to the Army. On 24 J anuary 1931 he hadcompleted 25 years service and was eligib le for promotion toLieutenant Colonel in the Reserve of Off icers. He was appointed DAQMGat Headquarters Eastern Comman d on 28 August 1939. According to hisobituary, he became, i n August 1942 personal assistant to the DeputyDirector of M echanisation and, a year later, he retired at his ownreques t. MOD Records, however, show that he relinquished hisappoi ntment as DAQMG on 13 July 1942, and was transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers (RARO) on 28 August the sa me year. Heceased to belong to the RARO, on age grounds, o n 8 December 1945.
Having left the Army, Lieutenant Colonel Hartigan did somet hing mostunusual - he joined the Royal Navy. He was commiss ioned as a temporaryLieutenant Commander on the Special Bra nch list of the RN VolunteerReserve. His seniority was fro m 22 November 1943, and it was decidedthat, as he had no na val executive training, he was to be employedonly in shor e staff posts. He was appointed to HMS Turtle, theCombine d Operations training base at Poole. It is noted that ther e wasone other holder of the MC (J Pearson - Regiment not k nown) there atthat time. This was to be Hartigan's only app ointment, and he retiredon 28 May 1945.
Dermot McK Hartigan MC died in 1976, aged 89, in Dublin. H e wasbelieved to have been the oldest survivor of those off icers of thethree old Irish Regiments who had been commissi oned before World War1.