Also Served: Francis Joseph Hogan -
Francis Joseph HOGAN
12, Leyland Street, Prescot
Pte 3076, 2/5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
Francis Hogan’s service records give his date of birth as 12th September 1870 and show that he first joined up on 12th October 1888 in London, when he signed up with the Royal Marines Light Infantry with a service number of CH7761. He served with the RMLI until 12th November 1900.
The first reference found to him in Prescot is the 1901 census. At that time, he was living at 18 Williams Street as a Boarder. The Head of the household was Roger Jones. Francis was recorded as a single man, aged 30 and employed as a Commissionaire. His place of birth is recorded as Ireland.
On 21st August 1906, he married Jane Hannah Pickup in Blackburn, and then the 1911 census shows Francis and Jane living at 12, Leyland Street, Prescot. It is interesting to note that Francis’ age is shown as 36 and his place of birth is recorded as Soho, London.
The age and place of birth do not match the 1901 entries, but the 1911 records him once again as a Commissionaire at the Wire Works. Also living with Francis and Jane is Jane’s brother, Edmund, aged 28, a Brass Finder at the Wire Works. Francis and Jane went on to have two sons; Francis Edward Hogan (b. 29 May 1911) and James Herbert Hogan (b. 20 July 1913).
On 30th October 1914, at the age of 44, he joined the South Lancashire Regiment at St Helens. He was promoted to Acting Corporal in November that year, then Acting Sergeant on 12th March 1915 and Acting CSM in November 1916. He was then granted the substantive rank of Company Sergeant Major in October 1917 before being posted to the 4th Bn and then in February 1918 he was transferred to the 1st Bn of the Denbighshire Volunteers at Colwyn Bay
He went to France on 17th February 1917 but his discharge papers show that he had bad eyesight and suffered a nervous breakdown from Shell Shock in June 1917, returning to the UK on 21st September. His medical report in December 1919 reported that he worked for British Insulated and Helsby Cables as a Commissionaire.
In the Territorial Force renumbering of 1917, Francis was renumbered to 240977.
In July 1919, CSM Hogan was sent to Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. He was diagnosed as suffering from Neurasthenia, stating “He is very nervous and startled at unexpected noises. He was sent home from France suffering from shell shock, also that his eyes are affected and he needs glasses at night”.
Francis was discharged on 1st January 1920, giving his address then as 10, Wycherley Street, Prescot. He was 49 years old, and his rank was Company Sergeant Major. His records show that his combined service came to 20 years and 80 days (including his time with the RMLI)
He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal, receiving these in February 1922.