The new BBC documentary series “Ireland’s Great War” will feature the story of local war hero Robert Quigg who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
The story of Quigg VC will feature in this Sunday’s episode, 8 February at 6pm on BBC1.
Sergeant Robert Quigg VC was born in Bushmills and enlisted in the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at the beginning of the war. On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he courageously went into no-man’s-land under intense machine-gun and shell fire to find his wounded commanding officer, Lieutenant Sir Harry Macnaghten of Dundarave. He managed to save seven men but, sadly, he was unable to find Sir Harry. For his conspicuous bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
The film-makers brought Leonard Quigg, the great-nephew of the famous Bushmills VC, to visit Dundarave House, the ancestral home of Sir Harry Macnaghten, to talk there with Charles Macnaghten, a relative of Sir Harry. This fascinating interview is certain to be a highlight of the programme.
Leonard Quigg is the Chairman of the Robert Quigg VC Commemoration Society and fundraising is currently ongoing in the hope that enough money will be collected to erect a bronze sculpture to North Antrim’s only VC in his home village of Bushmills.