Hugh Lennox

Name:   Hugh Lennox
Nationality:   United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service:   Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s)
Unit Text:   1st Bn.
Age:   22
Born:   Bellaghy
Enlisted:   Stirling
Residence:   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Date of Death:   09/10/1916
Service No:   602
Casualty Type:   Commonwealth War Dead.
Grave/Memorial Ref:   553.
Cemetery:   Lembet Road Military Cemetery, Salonika, Greece
Additional information:   The son of Eccles and Martha Lennox, of Coagh Street, Cookstown and later of 61, Cowlairs Rd., Springburn, Glasgow. He had been a pupil at Oldtown National School, Cookstown and was employed in Milburn Factory in the town. Hugh was well known as a football player at the time and by all reports was a clean living straight forward lad. He enlisted in the army in Glasgow where he was working. He joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His other brother Eccles had been discharged early in the war after he’d been gassed. Hugh was a brother to Silas who died of illness on 22nd July 1916.
While on active service, Hugh Lennox was wounded in action in Salonica on 30th September 1916. In a letter to his mother, while he was in hospital he said:-
Dear Mother, I got a little bit of a shot on 30th September so I must stay in hospital. Of course, my right hand and arm is a bit sore. The doctors and nurses say I am very good at healing. I expect to be home soon to look after the old dear. Your Loving Son, Hugh.
Hugh Lennox died from his wounds a few days later.
In another letter dated 9th October 1916, The Rev. S.J.M. Campton, Presbyterian Chaplain to the Forces writes:- Dear Mrs Lennox, I regret very much I have to write you concerning the passing of your son on active service. He was wounded on the chest when his regiment was advancing against the enemy on 30th September and was sent down here from the front. While in hospital here his condition was regarded as dangerous for a time, but we had hopes that he would recover and be restored to health. God willed otherwise, and your son is now numbered among those, ‘Who fought the good fight and finished their course.’ I was with him when he passed away at 7 o ‘clock on Monday evening, October 9th. He just slipped away without any pain and in peace. This thought of his end, I am sure, will comfort you, and you can be easy in your mind about the care and attention which he received since he came to the hospital, shortly after his wounding. He had the best surgical treatment and his nurses were very kind to him. They thought him patient and without any trouble.
At the time of his death Hugh Lennox had 3 brothers-in-law on active service, one was a prisoner of war in Germany.

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