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Appeal to find relatives of First World War protection officer

News   •   May 21, 2016 10:55 BST

[Image of DS McLoughlin]

Officers from the Met's Royalty and Specialist Protection Command are trying to find direct descendants of Detective Sergeant Matthew McLoughlin, who was Lord Kitchener's personal protection officer during the First World War

Matthew died on 5 June 1916, along with Lord Kitchener and 735 others, aboard HMS Hampshire which sank after hitting a mine near Orkney.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the tragedy and the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command will name their new office after the late officer when they move from New Scotland Yard later this year.

Matthew was born in Kilcommon, North Tipperary, Ireland on 6 February 1879 to Michael, a farmer, and Bridget McLoughlin. He was the seventh of 14 children and lived in a small house on the side of a hill near the hamlet of Foilnadrough, about a mile to the west of Kilcommon.

He moved to London in January 1900 and joined the Met on 17 September 1900. In 1904 he transferred to a specialist unit, where he protected royalty and ministers of state.

His son, Michael Paul McLoughlin, was born on 19 April 1912 at Sunny View, Pardown, Wootton St Lawrence, Hampshire. His birth certificate reports Margaret Amelie McLoughlin, formerly Quernel (or possibly Queruel or Quesnel) as his mother. She is believed to have been born in France, possibly at Le Havre where it appears Matthew served as a Special Branch Ports officer.

His son, Micheal, may have ended up in Caracas, Venezuela as somebody with that name applied for a passport there (date unknown). Matthew and Margaret were married in Kensington, London, on 13th January 1912.

If you believe you are a relative of any of the above, or have any information that might assist the Met in tracing a living relative, please email and