A 'Kirkintilloch' Jock's Great War 'Twice-Wounded' campaign medal group of 3: Private Thomas Haggerty, 1st Garrison Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, late Highland Light Infantry & 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders
- 1914-15 Star (S-9474 Pte. T. Haggerty. Gord Highrs.)
- British War Medal. Silver issue (S-9474 Pte. T. Haggerty. Gordons.)
- Interallied Victory Medal (S-9474 Pte. T. Haggerty. Gordons.)
Twice Wounded-in-Action Thomas haggerty was twice 'Wounded-in-Action' by Gunshot & Shrapnel Wounds, (or GSW), while serving with 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders as under:
- Battle of Loos: 25 September 1915, received Gunshot & Shrapnel Wound (GSW) to 'Shoulder'
- Battle of Kemmel: 29 April 1916, received severe Gunshot Shrapnel Wound (GSW) to face & left eye. Eye subsequently removed and replaced with 'Glass-Eye'
Medals Verification: The Great War campaign medals all verified as issued per the respective medal rolls of the Seaforth Highlanders, as under:
a). 1914-15 Star: Reference WO 329/2800 (Seaforths medal roll shows first entered theatre of war 'France' with Gordons on 3 August 1915)
b). British War Medal. Silver issue: Reference WO 329/1647 (Seaforths medal roll, shows first served 1/Gordons)
c). Interallied Victory Medal: Reference WO 329/1647 (Seaforths medal roll, shows first served 1/Gordons)
Thomas Haggerty, sixth son of John Haggerty (a Printwork Labourer & Watchmen) and Helen Haggerty, was a native of Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, where he was born circa 1894. The 1901 National Census for Scotland, shows Thomas (described as a scholar) living at home with his parents, and 8 x siblings, all of whom were brothers, viz; John, James, William, Cornelius, Francis, Charles, Joseph & Arthur Haggerty. In 1901, the Haggerty family lived at Thatch Row, Kirkintilloch. Thomas enlisted for service with the British Army on, 9 March 1915, under terms for 'Duration of the War'. Prior to joining-up he had been employed as a 'Labourer'. Thomas was posted to the Gordon Highlanders, and first entered theatre of war, France, with a reinforcement draft for 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, on, 3 August 1915. Thomas received a brace of Gunshot & Shrapnel Wounds (GSW) while serving in France. Firstly he was wounded on the opening day of the great battle of 'Loos', 25 September 1915 - a day that, in terms of fatal casualties, was Scotland's single bloodiest day of the Great War. Secondly he was wounded in the face while fighting at the battle of Kemmel, 29 April 1916, that resulted in the loss of an eye, and replacement with a 'glass eye' (medical records refer). After recovering form his wounds, Thomas was subsequently transferred to the Highland Light Infantry, with which regiment he held the regimental number 36161. He was subsequently transferred to the 1st (Garrison) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, with which regiment he held the regimental number S-22212. On, 28 July 1919, he was transferred to Class 'Z' Army Reserve for demobilization from the British Army
A good set of medical service papers are extant and are held & accessible at The National Archives
Sold together with some hard-copy photocopied research, showing service in a good spread of Scottish regiments