Topic: Lance Corporal Albert Henry Lugg

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action in operations after the battle for Messines.

Lugg, A. H.

Lance Corporal Albert Henry Lugg – 10/3637

Albert was born at Springston on 17th June 1888, second son of William John and Annie Elizabeth Lugg, of Springston. He was educated at the local school. At the time of enlisting he was working as a ploughman for H. V. Hammond at Makirikiri, in the North Island. He was 5ft 5 ½ tall with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair.

Albert enlisted on 19th October 1915 and was assigned to the 9th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company. He fell ill with influenza and was admitted to hospital, between 23-30th November 1915, whilst in camp at Tauhernikau. This was a smaller camp in the same area before Featherston Camp began. Trentham Camp in the Hutt Valley was overcrowded and a new site with ample space was chosen at Featherston. He embarked on 8th January 1916 from Wellington on board the Maunganui, bound for Suez. He disembarked in Suez on 12th February 1916 and joined the Battalion in Ismailia on 18th March. After training in Egypt he embarked for the front in France on 6th April 1916 on board the Troopship Arcadian with the 1st Battalion Wellington Infantry, 17th Co. He was wounded during the Somme battles on 13th September 1916 suffering a gun-shot wound to his left ankle, although he was treated and stayed with his unit. He fought through the Somme campaign and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1st April 1917. The harsh conditions took a toll and on 13th May he was admitted to No 1 General Hospital at Boulogne on 5 June with conjunctivitis.  He re-joined his Battalion in the field on 18th June and was killed in action 8 days later on 26th  June, aged 29. He would have celebrated his birthday just 10 days before. The Wellington Regiment's War History notes that on that day attempts were made to rescue two officers of the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade (the battalion on their right) who had gone up to the Sugar Refinery in daylight, and were fired on at close range, one being wounded. Albert's body was not found or identified and his name is inscribed on the     Messines Memorial to the Missing. In New Zealand Albert is remembered on the Springston War Memorial. A memorial service was held for Albert in August led by Rev W. B. Scott with a large congregation. It was noted that although Lance-Corporal A. H. Lugg was not a resident here at time of enlisting, he was an old Sunday School scholar and son of an office-bearer of the church. 

 Researched and written by L M Seaton

CWGC Cemetery locale history: Messines (now Mesen) was considered a strong strategic position, not only from its height above the plain below, but from the extensive system of cellars under the convent known as the 'Institution Royale'. The village was taken from the 1st Cavalry Division by the German 26th Division on 31 October-1 November 1914. An attack by French troops on 6 -7 November was unsuccessful and it was not until the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 that it was retaken by the New Zealand Division. On 10-11 April 1918, the village fell into German hands once more after a stubborn defence by the South African Brigade, but was retaken for the last time on 28-29 September 1918. The MESSINES RIDGE (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL stands within Messines Ridge British Cemetery and commemorates over 800 soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died in or near Messines in 1917 and 1918 and who have no known grave. This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died. MESSINES RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, in which this memorial stands, occupies ground that belonged to the 'Institution Royale'. It was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefield around Messines and from a number of small burial grounds in the area. The dates of death of those buried here range from October 1914 to October 1918, but the majority died in the fighting of 1917. There are now 1,531 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 954 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them, or who were buried in other cemeteries where their graves were destroyed by shell fire. Both cemetery and memorial were designed by Charles Holden.

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Lance Corporal Albert Henry Lugg


First Names:Albert Henry
Last Name:Lugg
Date of Birth:17th June 1888
Place of Birth:Springston
Date of Death:26 June 1917
Place of Death:Belgium
Memorial or Cemetery:Messines Ridge New Zealand Memorial to the Missing, Belgium
Age at death:29
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Ploughman
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:21/21
Regiment or Service:Wellington Regiment
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:12th February 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of William John and Annie Elizabeth Lugg, of Springston, Canterbury.
Service Number:10/3637
Rank last held:Lance Corporal
Embarkation:8 January 1916
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Maunganui
Theatres of War:Egypt, Somme, Messines
Cause of Death:Killed in action
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