ROSSES MEN by Patrick McGill
Just a dhrink iv water and lave me be
Comrades of mine are near at hand
Others are wanting you more than me
And I’ve got the boys from my own townland.
Mickey Rudagh and Mánus Óg
Next door neighbours they were at home
And Éamonn Rua beyond the bog
And all iv them here near Bapaume.
Platoon Eleven! Ah glory be,
First and foremost in fighting, when
‘Twas out at the front for the world to see
What the world expects iv the Rosses men.
1914 they fell and died
All in a bunch, the boys I’ve known.
And I buried the three of them side by side
And hard it was after to live alone.
1918, it’s thanks be to God
Who calls me to him near Bapaume
It’s here I’d rest – and the world is broad
By the side of the boys I knew at home.
So a dhrink iv water and lave me be;
Comrades iv mine are near at hand;
In death as in life they will neighbour me
Mates iv my own from my own townland.
James Ward son of Anthony and Nancy Ward nee Bonner of Upper Keadue was killed in action at the Battle of Mons Belguim in August 1914 aged 22years.
A native of Mullaghduff where he was better known as Charlie Nellie, he was a son of Owenie Eoghan Bhig and Nellie Sharkey. He enlisted into the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards in Kirkcaldy Fifeshire. His regiment number was 5956. He was killed in action on the 5th day of the battle of Loos on Thursday September 30th 1915 aged 22 years and is remembered at the Loos Memorial Northern France and at the family plot in Kincasslagh.
Seáinín was a son of Braighnidh Antoin and Anna Sheain Sheoirse O’Donnell Annagry. He was a brother of James and Kít Neilín’s father. He died in the war but no more information is available.
James was born in Mullaghduff in 1897 to Patrick and Grace McGee nee O’Donnell. He joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards sometime during the war. He had two uncles and a first cousin in the same regiment. He died of his wounds on Monday September 10th 1917 aged just 20 years. He is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Belguim. The cemetery was begun by the Guards Division in August 1917 after they had captured Artillery Wood itself during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge He was one of the first to be buried in this cemetery and his grave is close to the celebrated Irish poet Francis Ledwidge.
A native of Mullaghduff, he was a son of local shopkeeper Maurice and Brigid O’Donnell nee Sharkey. Owenie Mhuruis as he was locally known as was born in 1891. After completing his education at Mullaghduff National School he got positions with the Ulster Bank in Belfast, Ballina and Manorhamilton. When a vacancy occurred in the Anglo South American Bank he applied. A prerequisite of the job was that the applicant had to become proficient in oral and written Spanish. He taught himself Spanish in order to get the position. The language books he used are still in the possession of his relatives. Owenie got an appointment in Buenos Aires Argentina, but returned to join the Royal Irish Regiment on outbreak of the war. He was offered a commission he turned it down and went to France as a private. He was wounded on October 16th 1916 but after hospitalisation he returned to fight. He was killed in action on July 31st 1917 in Flanders. Owenie was then the sixth soldier from Mullaghduff townland to be killed in the war.
He is remembered on Panel 6 and 8 at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belguim and at the family plot in Kincasslagh Cemetery.
Andy son of John and Mary Gallagher Owey Island joined 69th Battalion Infantry Regiment known as the Fighting Irish. He fought in France at the Battles of Marne and Meuse-Argonne. He survived the war.
Patrick Mc Ginley
Patrick was a son of Paddy Beag and Anne McGinley nee Curran Mullaghduff. He enlisted in Portobello Edinburgh into the Scots Guards in August 1914. His regiment number was 7468. He was killed in action in France on the 12th of November 1914. He is remembered in Ypres Belguim on panel 11 at the Menin Gate Memorial and also at the family plot in Kincasslagh.
Condy O’Donnell from Augillies Dungloe son of John and Bridget O’Donnell joined the 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers in Glasgow at the outbreak of war and was posted to France that autumn. He was killed in action on November 13th 1914 aged 27 years. It is possible that he died from injuries sustained two days earlier at the Battle of Nonneboschen. He is buried in Grave I.A.13 Rue- Du Bacquerot No1 Military Cemetery in the town of Laventie, Northern France.
John Boyle a native of Owey Island was better known as John Den. He joined the 69th Battalion Infantry Regiment in America and saw action in France.
John Brennan better known as John Phroinsias was born in Bunaman Annagry. He was a son of Proinsias and Kate Brennan nee McGee. He joined the 8th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Lanark and was sent to France. He was killed in action at the Battle of Hulluch on Saturday April 29th 1916 aged 33 years. He was survived by his wife Rose Ann nee Dunbar and his five year old son who lived in Lanark. His regiment number was 17089. In the week Patrick Pearse declared the Irish Republic on the steps of the GPO, the Irish Brigades of the 16th (Irish) Division suffered horribly in a gas attack launched by the Germans on the 27th of April 1916 at Hulluch. There were 2,128 Irish casualties, 538 were killed, the remainder were to suffer chronic lung and breathing conditions for the rest of their lives. Like the men from the 2nd Dublins back in May 1915, many died years later as a result of this attack. On the 29th of April, the Germans launched another gas attack on the Irish lines, however on this occasion the wind turned right round and blew the gas back over the German lines, the result being equally appalling. John is remembered on the Loos Memorial Panel 128 at Pas de Calais Northern France.
Michael son of Paddy Johnny and Hannah O’Donnell nee Bonner was born in Rannyhual, Mullaghduff. He joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Kirkcaldy Fifeshire and was given the regiment number 5854. He was wounded at the Battle of Trones Wood and died on Sunday September 17th 1916 aged 25 years. The following is a copy of his last letter he wrote and was found on his person after his death. “My dear Father and Mother, A few lines from your youngest son about to go into battle. I do not know what may happen to me. But if it is God’s holy will that I shall fall, remember that I will be in Heaven. Only a few days ago I lost my poor comrade. He was killed beside me. I hope, dear father, that you will be provided for by my brothers, if God spares them. Dear Father, I am thankful for all you did for me. Goodbye to all my nieces and nephews and cousins, and all my friends in dear old Mullaghduff, goodbye forever dearest Father and Mother, goodbye niece Nora Sharkey. Erin go Bragh. P.S. If any fond comrade should find this, send to this address, and I hope God will reward them. Michael had four brothers and two nephews and at least two first cousins fighting in the Great War. Brothers Paddy, Jimmy and Manus were in British regiments, brother Maurice was a career soldier in the US Army, nephews Brian Sharkey and James McGee together with cousins Owenie and Eddie O’Donnell. His nephew James McGee and cousin Owenie O’Donnell paid the ultimate price. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial at the Somme France.
Patrick son of Bartley and Bridget Duggan Calhame was born on June 18th 1896. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry in Hamilton, Scotland on November 2nd 1914. He was sent to France on May 13th 1915 and was killed in action at the Battle of Loos on September the same year. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial in Northern France.
Con son of Bartley and Bridget Duggan Calhame enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on January 4th 1916 in Lanarkshire where he worked as a tramway driver. Con lost his life during the last days of the Easter Rising in Dublin aged 23 years. He was shot dead for disobeying an order to fire at the “Rebels”. His brother younger brother Patrick was killed in action in France eleven months previously. His remains were taken back home to Calhame where he was waked. He is buried in the family grave in Kincasslagh, but his name is recorded on a headstone in the Kilmainham Hospital yard.
John O’ Donnell a native of Derrynamansher Annagry was a son of Neil and Sarah Anne O’Donnell nee Bell. He joined the Irish Guards in the early 1900s and was retired from duty some months before the outbreak of World War I. When England’s appeal for more men came, he rejoined his old regiment. Soon after he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and was employed as a drill instructor. John was not content with this role, as he longed to join his regiment at the front. Hence he volunteered for active service and was sent to France on February 28th 1915. On March 16th he was wounded in action and was removed to hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a week later. In a letter to his parents just before he left for France he stated “ Death is only an exit from one state and an entrance to another, and the most noble way to make that transition is in defence of one’s country”. He concluded by stated that in the event of losing his life that his death should “be a consolation to you to remember that I gave my life in defence of a just and holy cause”. John was interned in the Bethune Town Cemetery in Northern France. He was 34 years old.
Maurice on June 29th 1873 was one of the eldest sons of Paddy Johnny and Hannah O’Donnell Rannyhual Mullaghduff emigrated to America and enlisted in the US Army in 1891.He was a career soldier and retired in 1937 with the rank of captain having seen action in World War One. He died on December 12th 1949 and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery, California.
A native of Mullaghduff, James was a son of Eoghan Ruadh and Grace McGinley nee Sweeney. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers at Hamilton, Scotland where he lived with his wife Annie nee McCafferty a native of Falcarragh and his young family. His regiment number was 17608. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on Friday June 4th 1915. James is remembered at the Helles Memorial in Turkey.
A native of Meenderryowen Annagry he was known locally as Owenie Dhomhnaill Frainc. He joined the Irish Guards in 1915, enlisting in Derry while on the way to work the harvest in Scotland. He began training at the Army Signal Corps Camp in Dunstable near London. He left for France on the 22nd of December 1915. While serving with the newly formed 2nd Battalion on the opening days of the Battle of the Somme on July 3rd 1916 he was wounded in the head and legs. After been hospitalised he made a good recovery. He took part in the Regiment Games at Tidworth, England in 1917 where he won 1st prize in the long jump clearing 21 feet 4 inches. At Brentwood Essex the same year he completed against the flower of the British Army and took 2nd place in 7 mile cross country race. At that same event he was part of team that beat 600 other competitors. He was demobilised from the Army on March 26th 1919. Owen got a pension on account of his wounds which in 1929 was £1.8s. This was increased to £2.4s by 1948. He died on April 17th 1960 aged 73 years and is interned in the family plot in Annagry Cemetery.
Barry Duggan a son of Charlie and Bridget Duggan nee Sharkey N.T was born in Mullaghduff in February 1893. After receiving primary education at Mullaghduff National School he got first place in the first ever entrance exam for the newly opened St Eunan’s College in 1916. On completion of his studies in Letterkenny he entered a seminary in Rome where he obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy. Now fluent in Gaelic, English, Italian and French he was ordained to the priesthood on February 20th 1916 in Rome by Cardinal Peinpili. After returning to home in June of that year, he volunteered for service as Chaplin to the Forces at the Western Front. Rev. Duggan was appointed to his new post on November 11th 1916 where on he received the rank of Captain. Send to the France with the 5th Brigade on February 2nd 1917, he served for 4 months before returning to England on sick leave. He returned to the action in France where he served with the 29th Machine Gun Corps on March 23rd 1918. He joined the ranks of the 64th Infantry Brigade attached to the 9th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in May of that year where he served until he was demobilised in February 1919. He returned home to his native diocese of Raphoe where he carried out his pastoral duties. He died in the Shiel Hospital Ballyshannon while serving as curate in Kilcar on January 18th 1952. He is buried in Kincasslagh cemetery alongside his beloved mother who died only 6 weeks prior.
Lanty Gallagher was born in Dunmore Carrickfin in 1874 to Johnny the Sailor and Bridget Gallagher nee Forker. He followed his father’s footsteps by joining the Royal Navy in 1898. Lanty was out fishing one day off Gola Island when he stopped a naval vessel and asked the captain if he could join them, after getting approval they towed his fishing craft into Downings. During his naval career he sailed the seven seas on various ships.
Lanty joined the new battlecruiser HMS Lion when it was commissioned on June 4th 1912. HMS Lion became the Royal Navy’s flagship in World War I under the command of Vice Admiral David Beatty. Now with the rank of gunner Lanty was to the fore at the first battle in modern naval warfare at Heligoland Bight in August 1914 and Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915. At the decisive Battle of Jutland he was responsible for firing the first shots from the Lion’s new 13.5 inch guns. During this battle HMS Lion suffered a serious propellant fire that could have destroyed the ship had it not been for the bravery of the turret commander, who posthumously received the Victoria Cross having ordered the magazine to be flooded. Another Lower Rosses man John Bonner from Belcruit Kincasslagh was also crew on a Royal Navy ship at Jutland. Lanty retired in July 1918. He got married after the war and lived back home in Dunmore where he died on July 6th 1957. He is interned in the family plot in Annagry cemetery.
Paddy Boyle was born in the Lower Rosses in the closing years of the 19th century. Little is known of his youth but it is believed that he joined the British Army on the onset of the Great War. He served in Mesopotamia possibly with one of the many Indian based regiments, for he had many stories relating to Bombay. Sometime during this period he went absent without leave. The next sighting of Paddy was in Palestine when a soldier of the 10th Division asked him for a light for his cigarette. The soldier was surprised to be answered by an English speaker with a Donegal accent. Paddy rejoined the Army and later served with the Irish Guards in France for the remainder of the war.
Paddy returned home to the Annagry/Kincasslagh area where lived in various abodes. Although severely shell shocked he supplemented his war pension by mending nets for local fishermen, a trade he possibly learned at the Industrial School in Killybegs prior to his Army days. He died in Braade in March 1960 and is interned in Annagry cemetery.
Condy Boyle from Belcruit a member of the Irish Guards was severely wounded at Mons.
Condy Gallagher Belcruit injuried in the Battle of Mons, returned home and died in Arranmore in 1954.
A native of Roshine Burtonport where he was known as Charlie Phadaí Hudie. Charlie was only 16 when he joined up in Ayr a year or two before the war was declared. He was in Ayrshire with his father working on farms when he joined the 3th/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers.
He was bought out twice by his father, but he joined up again. When war was declared, his regiment joined the 155th Brigade of the 52nd Division and departed for the Mediterranean in May 1915, landing at Gallipoli and engaging in various actions against the Turkish Army. They evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt in 1916 to defend of the Suez Canal. Later that year he served in Palestine. He deserted while home on leave in 1916, and hid out in the Hills. Charlie later joined the Volunteers where he fought in the Irish War of Independence. He was involved in the Meenbanad Ambush on January 11th 1921 when a trainload of some 150 British soldiers was attacked. Charlie died in Roshine in February 1981 aged 83 and is buried in Belcruit Cemetery.
John was born in Meenaleck on October 21st 1889 to Anton and Brigid O’Donnell. John enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders at Leith near Edinburgh on August 22th 1914 and was send to the Western Front. He spent 2 years 168 days in France before a shell landed beside him and blew off one arm just below the elbow. He survived and came back home where he married Mary Byrne at they lived in Annagry. He died on March 26th 1962 in Annagry and is buried in the local cemetery.
John Bonner son of James and Mary Bonner of Meenbanad enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Inverkeithing Scotland and received the regiment number 18363. Better known as Jack, he was killed at the Somme on the July 1st 1916 aged 26yrs. Jack is buried in the Sucrerie Military Cemetery in Colincamps France.
Patrick listed as been born in Kincasslagh joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Inverkeithing Scotland. He possibly joined on the same day as Jack Bonner from Meenbanad as they were in the same regiment and his number was 18380. He could have been working in the same as Jack and may have come from the Keadue/Meenbanad area. Patrick was killed in action in France on March 21st 1918 and is buried in Grave II.E.13 Unicorn Cemetery Vendhuile France. He could have been the Patrick McGarvey who was serving alongside Jack Bonner according to a letter home to Jack’s sister.
Neice was brother of Jack Bonner and a son of James and Mary Bonner of Meenbanad. He survived the war and is reputed to have taken weapons home to the local Irish Volunteers, which was later used against the British Army. He later lived in Scotland where he died.
Paddy Bonner survived at gas attack in France during WW1. After hospitalisation he returned home to Meenbanad. He died in the 1950s and is buried in Kincasslagh Cemetery. His brother Jack was killed at the Somme and his other brother Neice survived the war.
Tommy as he was better known as was born on October 25th 1891 in Carrickfin to Christy John Mhór and Lizzie Boyd nee Foster. He emigrated to America in his youth. When the United States joined the war, Tommy enlisted in the army. He was sent to France in 1918, but had the good fortune of landing there on the last days of the war. He served in France as a peacekeeper before returning to the States. Several years later he returned home to look after his ageing parents. He married Jennie Boyd from Carnboy and they reared their family on the family farm. He died on November 29th 1977 and is buried in Bunbeg Cemetery.
Edward O’Donnell son of Maurice and Brigid O’Donnell nee Sharkey Mullaghduff joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He deserted while home on leave.
Edward a son of Mickey Phadaí Mhicheál and Anna Sheáinín Boyle was born in Carrickfin in 1889. Neddy as he was better known as emigrated to his brother Paddy in St Louis Missouri USA in April 1910.
He served in the US Navy during WW1. He later married Mary Delahunt from Co.Tipperary and they raised their family in the States.
James born in 1882 was the eldest son of Jamesy Nellie and Annie Boyd nee Wilson of Carnboy, Carrickfin.
Jimmy Jamesy Nellie as he was better known as emigrated to New Zealand with his cousins and his neighbour Paddy Gallagher in 1904. When he left home he thought he’d never see his siblings again, but one man’s misfortune turned into Jimmy’s opportunity. With the war raging across the world, he enlisted on July 1st 1917 and served as No.52061, Unit 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment. He sailed aboard the SS. Waitemata arriving at Plymouth, England on September 24th of the same year. During his service in France he was granted leave to return home to Carnboy to see his folks. He spend two nights at home in November 1918, before leaving again for the last time. He died on October 27th 1964 and is buried in the Soldiers Cemetery, Kiakoura, South Island, New Zealand.
James Duffy born in Annagry East in 1895 was a son of Donnchadh Phadaí and Annie Duffy nee Harley. He joined the Deal Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry from home. His mother Annie tried her best to get him to leave the forces but he insisted on staying.
He received the rank of private and the number 17501. He sailed for Eastern Front landing in Gallipoli where he was wounded. He was hospitalised in Alexandria Egypt, but later returned to Cape Helles where he was killed in action on December 11th 1915 on the last days of the British offensive in that region. He is remembered on the SP. Memorial at the Redoubt Cemetery in Helles, Turkey.
Edward Sweeney born in Meenacrieve Annagry in 1890 was the son of Paddy Neddy and Cecily Sweeney. On the outbreak of war he joined the Merchant Navy. Ned as he was better known was posted on the SS. Marina a Glasgow registered former liner of the Donaldson line. He was lost at sea when his ship while making a voyage from Glasgow to Balitmore was sunk by U-55 on October 28th 1916. SS. Marina sank in the same area the Lusitania went down in 1915. Ned is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
Denis Duffy (Brian) Annagry joined the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and received the regiment number 962 in Glasgow on October 21st 1914. Prior to this he was employed by David Bailey at Inch Farm, Carluke, Lanarkshire. His father Bernard was then working in Scotland and gave his address as Bonfreight Place, Douglas Water, Lanark. Denis was one of the many men that were pressurized into the war while worked at the harvest. He was posted to the Balkans in July 1915 where he spent 198 days. He was send home on leave due medical grounds in January 1916. He was finally discharged from duty on January 25th 1917.
He was suffering from anaemia and received a weekly disability pension of 6 schillings per week. Denis died at home in 1921. He was a native of Annagry East
Anthony C. O’Donnell
Private Anthony C. O’Donnell was a son of Daniel O’Donnell Cranaguiggy. He was married to Sally McGarvey of Loughanure. They had no family. He was a member of the 2nd Reserve Battalion Irish Guards in England. He died in England on December 3rd 1914 and is buried in Caterham and Warlingham Cemetery, Surrey.
Hugh joined 31st Coy Machine Corps which was part of the 10th (Irish) Division. During his time in the war he was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He entered the name of Charles Bonner Loughanure cousin and his next of kin on his enlistment papers. Hugh was born in Loughanure and his sister was Sarah married to Hugh Duffy Meenacrieve Annagry. The 31st Machine Gun Company was formed from the Machine Gun Sections of 31st Brigade on the 11th May 1916 at Basingstoke. They departed from Liverpool on the 9th of July for Lemnos. The 31st Brigade landed at Sulva Bay on the 6th and 7th of August 1915 and made an attack on Chocolate Hill on the 7th and 8th. They were withdrawn from Gallipoli on the 31st of September 1915 to Mudros, moving to Salonika, landing between the 5th and 10th of October. It is possible that Hugh died as a result of his wounds in a hospital in Alexandria Egypt on October 16th 1917. He is buried in Grave C.35 in the Alexandria Hadra War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.
Charles Sweeney son of John and Mary Sweeney Thor Crolly joined the 2nd Battalion Cameronians, Scottish Rifles. He was killed in action on March 3rd 1915 the first day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in Flanders aged 33 years. He is remembered on Panel 15/16 Le Touret Memorial Northern France.
James Doherty son of Falcarragh based school teacher Anthony J. and Mary Doherty of Cruit Island. James born on November 21st 1898 was one of the youngest to volunteer for military service at the outbreak of war. Rising to the rank of Lance Corporal in the 1th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, he died of his wounds sustained in a prisoner of war camp on March 24th 1918. He is buried in Grave I. G. 20 Saint-Souplet Cemetery Northern France.
Hugh O’Donnell son of Hughie and Mary O’Donnell nee McLoone Rampart Burtonport was a school teacher before he joined the Army Ordnance Corp. He was discharged due to a heart condition in 1918.
James Ward and James Duffy
James Ward from Cloughlass Burtonport served in the Army. He deserted while at home on leave in 1917. He was arrested along with fellow deserter James Duffy from Meenbannad at a dance in Kincasslagh and was taken to Burtonport RIC Barracks where they were held. The local company of the Irish Volunteers received intelligence that both prisoners were to be taken by train to Derry to be court marshalled. The Volunteers decided to rescue the men from the train and on January 3rd 1918 this was carried out successfully without a single shot being fired. This incident has been described as the first official attack on crown forces in the War of Independence. James emigrated to the USA, where he was called up for national service. He was killed in a traffic accident in US on July 4th 1931. James Duffy joined the Irish Army and lived in Athlone.
Manus Boyle son of Donal and Ellen Boyle of Crolly joined the 6th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers in Hamilton Scotland. He was killed in action during the landings of Sulva Bay in the Dardanelles on August 15th 1915. He is remembered on Panel 185 to 190 Helles Memorial Turkey.
Charles O’Donnell son of Patrick and Mary O’Donnell Meenbanad enlisted in No. 3 Company 2nd Battalion Irish Guards in Glasgow. He died on September 15th 1916 on the first day of the Battle of Flers–Courcelette aged 23. He is buried in Grave X.H.8 Guards Cemetery Les Boeufs Somme France.
John Doogan son of James and Rose Doogan Bunawack Crolly joined the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He died of his wounds he received while fighting at Ancre on March 6th 1917 aged 22. He is buried in Grave I.D.7 Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery Somme France.
Paddy McGinley son of Frank Beag and Mary McGinley nee Gallagher Mullaghduff joined the Royal West Kent Regiment in Chatham England on October 26th 1914. He was discharged in January 1915.
Charles Kennedy son of Neil and Mary Kennedy nee Doogan Croveigh emigrated to Australia in his youth. He joined the 2nd Australian Pioneers on the 13th May 1916.
He died from injuries received at the Battle of Passchendaele on October 3rd 1917 aged 35 years just two months after his contemporary Manus Máire from Meenaweal who died during the same offensive. He is remembered on Panel 172 Lijssentheok Military Cemetery Poperinge Belguim.
Manus O’Donnell son of James and Máire O’Donnell nee McCole Meenaweal Crolly joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Glasgow. He died from injuries received at the Battle of Passchendaele on August 6th 1917 aged 30 years.
Manus is buried in Grave III.D.16 Iper Town Cemetery Extension in Belgium.
Lance Corporal Patrick Campbell was a son of Dan and Mary Campbell Lackenagh Burtonport. On the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers where he was promoted to Lance Corporal. Patrick was killed in action during the Battle of Festubert on May 16th 1915 aged 24 years. He is remembered at Panel 16/17 Le Touret Memorial Northern France.
Daniel Mc Cole
Daniel Mc Cole son of Patrick and Mary McCole Lettercaugh joined the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Lys on April 13th 1918 aged 44 years. He is remembered on Panel Ploegsteert Memorial Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.
John Ward son of Sean and Mary Ward nee Gallagher of Glenahilt Burtonport joined A Company 320th Infantry Force US Army as a mechanic. He was killed in action on October 9th 1918 aged 32 years. He was buried in Nantellois Cemetery France but his remains where taken home and reinterred in the family plot in Kincasslagh Cemetery. The US Military erected a headstone to his memory.
Patrick O’Donnell son of Frank and Kate O’Donnell Glasbeggan joined the Scottish Rifles in Glasgow in September 1914 but was later transferred to the 1th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. He came home on leave for three weeks in March 1916. He was hospitalised for 36 days in Flanders as a result of gas poisoning, but succumbed on April 12th 1918 aged 30 years. He is remembered on Panel 1 Ploegsteert Memorial Comines-Warneton Hainaut Belgium.
Patrick Bonner son of Godfrey and Annie Bonner nee Forker Arlands Burtonport joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died of his wounds on Saturday April 30th 1918 aged 20 years. He is buried in Grave VIII.C.25 Cologne Southern Cemetery Germany
Denis son of Andy and Peggy Duffy nee Boyle was born in Annagry West in 1894 He joined the war effort while working in Scotland. It is though he was in the ranks of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. After seeing action in Salonika he deserted while on leave in England. Undetected he spent the rest of his life in Preston, Lancashire. He died in 1974 aged 82 and is buried in Preston.
Fr. Joseph McGonagle a native of Owey Island was Chaplin to the 16th Irish Division during the war. He returned to the Diosse of Raphoe where he ministered in such places as Tory Island and Meenacross. He never fully recovered from the horrors of administering at the Western Front.
Charles McGonagle son of Stephen and Annie McGonagle Owey Island joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. He was killed at Cruinchy France in a place called Brickfields on February 14th 1915 aged 20 years. Charles is buried in Grave II.D.9 in the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner Cuinchy.
David son of Jamesy Nellie Boyd and Annie Boyd nee Wilson of Carnboy, Carrickfin emigrated to his brother Jimmy in 1910. He enlisted in Unit 1st Battalion Wellington Regiment and sailed aboard the SS. Waitemata arriving at Plymouth, England on September 24th 1917. During his service in France he was granted leave with his brother Jimmy to return home to Carnboy to see his folks. He spend two nights at home in November 1918, before leaving again for the last time. He died relatively young on December 17th 1943 aged 57 years and is buried in Kiakoura, South Island, New Zealand.
James McGonagle son of Stephen and Annie McGonagle Owey Island joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers on the outbreak of war and was posted to France. He was wounded in action and was invalided home from the front. He was drowned off the local steam drifter “Gweedore” while returning from the doctor in Burtonport after getting his wounds dressed.
James Boyle son of Patrick and Fanny Boyle Miltown Burtonport joined the US Army and was killed in action in France in 1918.
An O’Donnell from Owey Island served in the war.
John McGinley son of Owen and Grace McGinley nee Sweeney of Mullaghduff was married in Scotland when he joined the Royal Navy. While on leave in Scotland, he deserted the army taking his wife back to Mullaghduff where they lived. Not long after they landed in Mullaghduff their son Neil was born. John later enlisted with the Inniskillings and served in France during the Great War, his service number was 31247. His son Neil joined the British army in the Second World War and was held prisoner by the Japanese in the death camps of Thailand. After the war John lived the rest of his days in Scotland with his wife and family.
Neil Sharkey born in Helensburgh, Scotland was a grandson of Dominic Sharkey from Calhame and Mary Boyle from Carrickfinn. He joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and became a servant. and died of his wounds on May 17th 1917. He is buried in Grave IV. L. 43 in Duisans British Cemetery in Etrun, Northern France.
Michael Boyle was recorded as a son of Mary Boyle Annagry Mountain born around 1887. He may have been a son of James and Mary Boyle nee Doogan of the Cruckakeehan area. He served with the Royal Irish Rifles in the Mediterranean during 1914 and 15. His regiment number was 1017. After being charged with desertion on a number of occasions he was sentenced to 15 months detention and was released in Derry in 1919. The cause of his desertion may have been caused by shell shock.
Daniel Boyle enlisted in the Royal Irish Rifles and received the regiment number 1018. He was almost certainly a brother of Michael Boyle from Cruckaceehan as the regiment number was only one digit apart and they were part of the same regiment. He was discharged for the war in 1917.
Doalty Sharkey son of Brian and Anne Sharkey nee Forker Mullaghduff joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in Edinburgh on November 17th 1914. He was posted to the Expeditionary Force in January 1915. Doalty embarked from Marseilles to Salonika in August 1916. Later that month his father Brian received a letter from the war office stating that Doalty was in the General Hospital in Salonika.. After recovering he left Salonika and arrived in Alexandria in September 1917 where he was again hospitalised in 1918. He was discharged in January 1919 and returned home to Mullaghduff. Doalty returned to Edinburgh after the war and settled there.
John Gallagher son of Manus and Catherine Gallagher nee Ward Glenahilt Burtonport saw action in Flanders where he was shell shocked at Lille France.
Hugh Sweeney of Acres Burtonport who joined in 1914 and was part of the Irish Division in France during the war. He was awarded an Honorary Parchment Certificate in recognition of gallantry he displayed at the Battle of Messines Ridge in Flanders on June 7th and 8th 1917.
Jimmy was born in September 1890 enlisted at Greenock in the Irish Guards on October 21st 1915 and received the regiment number 9973. He was sent to France on June 6th 1916 and was wounded in action on September 25th 1916. After hospitalisation he returned to the front on June 4th 1917. Jimmy Johnny as he was locally known had a number off near misses including been saved by the quick thinking of a fellow guardsman from Mullaghduff. He was wounded for the second time on October 9th 1917 and was again hospitalised and send back to barracks in London on November 11th. On February 11th 1918 he was sent to Dublin but he had to wait until March 5th 1920 before he was finally discharged from the Army. He returned home to Cul a’ Cnoic Annagry where he married. His wife died at a young age and he remarried. Jimmy died on the March 12th 1978 and is buried in Annagry Cemetery.
Dominic Gallagher son of Paddy and Sheila Gallagher nee Sweeney Rannyhual Mullaghderg served in France with the Irish Guards. He later joined the Irish Army.
Manus O’Donnell Glasbeggan Burtonport was wounded in Dardanelles in 1915 and was hospitalised in Wales.
Jimmy Duggan son of Bartley and Bridget Duggan Calhame joined the 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry in Scotland. He was discharged 1915 on medical grounds. He later married Sally Duffy from Calhame.
Hugh Boyle a son of Owen and Ellen Boyle was born in Ranamona Annagry about 1875. He served in the Dardanelles and Salonika during the war. He was better known as Hughie Eoghain Phádraig Chondaí. He died in Ranamona in September 1955 and is buried in Annagry Cemetery.
Andrew Sharkey son of Neddy and Kate Sharkey nee Rodgers of Braade joined a calvary regiment in Scotland where he lived. He saw action in France and after the war returned to Shotts Lanarkshire where he married and raised his family. His parents and young sister Cassie died inside one week in 1919 from the Spanish Flu which spread across Europe after the war.
Diminic Gallagher son of Charlie and Betty Gallagher nee O’Donnell Annagry joined Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Lanark Scotland in 1914 but was discharged a number of weeks later. He rejoined in Omagh in 1916 but later deserted.
Fergal Boyle son of Donal and Mary Boyle Bunaman was a policeman before he joined the ranks of No. 4 Company 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Promoted to the rank of sergeant he saw service in France and Germany where he was peacekeeping in 1919.
During his time in the Guards he took part in many sporting events. He won first prize in a five mile cross country race held on the famous Epsom racecourse and at Brentwook, Essex he won a seven mile cross country race. He later emigrated to Canada in 1928.
James Rodgers Lettercaugh joined the Cycling Corps section of the Inniskilling Fusiliers as a Dispatch Rider with the regiment number 1518. He saw action in the Dardanelles, Palestine, Belgium and France. He returned home after the war, married and raised his family.
Charlie Gallagher son of Paddy and Fanny Gallagher Annagry joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Lanark Scotland in 1914. He was later discharged.
John Sharkey son of Anton and Brigid Boyle Mullaghduff served in France with the North Irish Horse which was the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He returned at lived at home.
Barney O’Donnell son of Charlie and Brigid O’Donnell nee Sharkey Annagry joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Lanark Scotland in 1914. He was later discharged.
James Duffy born in Thor Crolly in 1889 joined the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the outbreak of the war. On 27 December 1917 at Kereina Peak, Palestine, whilst the company was holding a very exposed position, James, a stretcher-bearer, and another stretcher-bearer went out to bring in a seriously wounded comrade. When the other stretcher-bearer was wounded, James returned to get another man, who was killed almost immediately. The private then went forward alone and, under very heavy fire, succeeded in getting both wounded men under cover and attended to their injuries. His gallantry undoubtedly saved both men’s lives. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces which is now on display at the Inniskilling Museum in Enniskillen Castle. He was carrying Gartan clay on his person during the war. He returned home and married in Letterkenny where he died in April 7th 1969 aged 79. He is buried in Conwal cemetery Letterkenny.
John Bonar was a brother of James Bonar Burtonport. He enlisted in No 3. Provisional Company Royal Engineers in May 1916 then aged 27 years and received the rank of Sapper with the regiment number 175864. John received 2s2d per day wages. He was discharged with spinal injuries in 1917.
Anthony O’Donnell Burtonport wounded in France November 1915. He was reported in the local newspaper as being presumed dead, but he survived the war.
Joe Coyle son of Charles and Bridget Coyle nee Boyle Crolly enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on August 14th 1916. He was gassed at the Western Front and was taken back to a Belfast hospital. He died in Crolly on March 9th 1977 and is buried in Magheragallon Cemetery.
John Bonner Belcruit a member of the Royal Navy saw action at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
Edward O’Donnell a son of Neil and Sarah Anne O’Donnell nee Bell Derrynamansher joined the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war. Local known as Eddie Neil Sheamuisín, he was badly injured in action. He emigrated to New Zealand where he died.
Manus Conaghan from Crickamore joined the Royal Highlanders Black Watch on October 14th 1914 while he was employed as a coalminer in Lochgelly, Fifeshire, Scotland. He was a 33 year old widower and was discharged a few weeks later as he was deemed medically unfit. His four children were in the care of Mrs Daniel Coll in Sheskinarone.
Joseph O’Donnell from Glasbeggan Burtonport served in France.
John Boyle born in Ranafast in 1878 was better known as Johnny Gráinne. He enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Lanark Scotland while he was employed as a farm labourer in Carstairs. He was married to Cicily McGarvey from Ranafast.
John O’Donnell from Glasbeggan Burtonport was seriously wounded in France before December 1915 and hospitalised in Edinburgh.
James Donald who was born in Templecrone and lived in Loughanure joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He was killed in action on November 8th 1915 at Sulva Bay Gallipoli. He is buried in Grave II.G.7 Azmak Cemetery Turkey.
Francis Gallagher son of Frank and Margaret O’Donnell Roshine Burtonport joined the 6th Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Macedonia on October 4th 1916 aged 26 years. He is remembered on the Doiran Memorial in Northern Greece.
John Gillespie son of Paddy and Bridget Gillespie nee Sweeney of Mullaghduff joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Rothesay Scotland in September 1914. He was discharged after 69 days service
Patrick O’Donnell son of Paddy and Hannah O’Donnell nee Bonner Rannyhual joined the Irish Guards while in Scotland in 1914 saw action in France. When he returned from the war he married in Gweedore.
Manus O’Donnell son of Paddy and Hannah O’Donnell nee Bonner Rannyhual who joined the Royal Irish Rifles in Scotland was posted to France.
Jimmy O’Donnell son of Paddy and Hannah O’Donnell nee Bonner Rannyhual joined the Royal Engineers in 1914 in Scotland and was posted to France.
Denis son of Patrick (Johnny) O’Donnell Mullaghduff joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Maryhill, Glasgow on July 24th 1918. According to Army records, he was born in 1886 and was resident at 57 Portugal St, Glasgow. He was posted to France in November 26th 1918 and was later transferred to the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in March 1919. He was actually born in Mullaghduff on November 8th 1888.
Brian Sharkey son of Neil and Mary Sharkey nee O’Donnell Mullaghduff joined the Irish Guards in 1914 in Scotland and served in France
Michael O’Donnell a son of Jack and Rose O’Donnell nee McFadden Loughanoran joined the 8th Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Hamilton Scotland in November 1914 but was later discharged.
Francie Sharkey son of Eoin Beag and Anne Sharkey nee O’Donnell from Braade served in the Western Front.
Hugh O’Donnell son of Neil and Sarah Anne O’Donnell nee Bell Derrynamansher joined the Royal Irish Rifles in 1914 but later served in the Northamptonshire Regiment and the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Andrew Curran son of Owen and Máire Curran nee Gallagher of Dunmore Carrickfin was born in 1885. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders in Scotland and served in France. After the war he married Agnes Pullar and lived in East Calder. He worked in Shale-oil works the Pumpherston. He died in East Calder on February 28th 1976.
John Ward Meenagowna Burtonport served as a peacekeeper in France after the war.
Dan O’Donnell Leitircaugh joined the Inniskilling Fusiliers. He received severe head injuries in the war and returned home.
Anthony Walsh Ardveen was a member of the Army Service Corps. This regiment organised supplies including ammunition for the forces.
John Ward (Paddy Sheila) from Upper Keadue joined the war effort but deserted while home on leave.
James Boyle son of Doalty and Grace Boyle Mullaghderg emigrated to Bayonne New Jersey USA on November 16th 1915. He served in the US Army in France.
Anthony O’Donnell son of Anthony and Mary O’Donnell nee O’Donnell of Belcruit. He died at home in Belcruit in 1924 of injuries sustained in the war. His medals are on permanent display at the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny.
John Coll Sheskinarone was severely wounded in France.
Hugh Ward from Roshine Burtonport served at the Western Front.
Simon Gallagher son of Diminic Óg and Mary Gallagher Rannyhual Mullaghderg served in France.
He was the son of Hugh and Norah Ward Burtonport. He joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Omagh on June 10th 1915 aged 18 exactly. He was discharged under pay on July 20ththe same year. The reason is unknown. He later received an army pension.
John Boyle of Crolly, Templecrone joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He could have been from Meenaleck.
Paddy Duffy from Annagry joined the forces in Scotland in 1914.
Mr. McDevitt from Owey Island served in the Irish Guards.
John Byrne son of Ruairí and Fanny Byrne Loughanure serced in the war.
Hugh Gallagher Lackenagh Burtonport
Denis “Soldier” Doogan Ranamona Annagry, died in 27th September 1970 aged 88
Neil Sharkey Mullaghduff
Paddy Devenney (Biddy Tharlaigh/Harley) Ranafast
Anthony O’Donnell from born in The Rosses in 1883 served in Salonika with the Camorian Highlanders, service No.16639
Mr Barr from Cruit Island was wounded in action
Manus O’Donnell a 23 year old from Burtonport enlisted in Melbourne, Australia in February 1915. He was employed as a farm labourer when he joined the 22nd Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force. His regimental number was 662. He left Australia for one of the theatres of war in June 1915.
Patrick Mulholland Mullaghderg
Patrick Boyle son of John from Annagry enlisted in Canada and served in France. He was demobilised in Vancouver in 1919.
Con (Ferry) Brennan
He was with the 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers part of the 36th Ulster Division. He died at Ginchy, Somme on 9th September 1916. He was the Son of Anne Ferry and Jack Brennan, Meendrain, Dungloe
Manus Ward Keadue born 11/8/1887, discharged in Dublin on August 4th 1917 because of an old injury from working in Scotland, 4th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, No. 21861, He had two daughters Mary born 11/11/1913 and Bridget born 15/3/1916.
Charles O’Donnell was born in Lackenagh, Burtonport
File relates to Patrick Gallagher’s receipt of a partial dependents’ gratuity of £25 (twenty five pounds sterling) under the Army Pensions Act, 1923 in respect of his son National Army Private 56568 James Gallagher. Private James Gallagher died on 10 October 1922 from a bullet wound received by him during an escape attempt by Republican prisoners in Mountjoy Prison during the Civil War. James Gallagher had served with the North Irish Horse and the Royal Cycle Corps (Army Cyclist Corps) in the British armed forces prior to joining the National Army. File includes: original telegraphs of 11 and 13 October 1922 from Captain Stafford, Portobello Barracks addressed to “Gallagher, Acres Burtonport” informing recipient of the death of James Gallagher and of the arrangements for the removal of his remains by train from Dublin to Burtonport; signed standard report of 5 February 1924 from the Defence Forces Office of the Adjutant General to the Secretary, Army Pensions Department regarding the date and circumstances of Private James Gallagher’s death; material relating to the Gárda Síochána investigation in the circumstances and means of the Gallagher family and the degree of dependency of Patrick Gallagher on his son James at the time of his death; and reference to James Gallagher’s surviving brothers and sisters.
Others to die
Francis Rodgers Meenacrieve Annagry and Glenties
Fergal McCahill Sheskinarone and Kincasslagh
James Bonner Upper Keadue