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, James McGee from Mullaghduff and Daniel Boyle from Dore together with cousins Owenie and Eddie O’Donnell. His nephews James McGee, Daniel Boyle 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. Fellow Rosses men John Bonner from Belcruit, Kincasslagh and James Harley from Meendernsloe also took part in the battle aboard other battleships. 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.
James Harley a son of Hugh and Mary Harley nee Gallagher, was born in Meendernasloe on 5th August 1878. Séimidh Mháire Éamoinn as he was locally known as joined the Royal Navy at an early age. A career sailor he saw service through at Scapa Flow, Dogger Bank and Jutland aboard HMS Collingwood during WW1. He retired from the Royal Navy in 1923 and joined the Merchant Navy for another ten year, finally retiring in 1932. A few year after retiring by to the Rosses, He and his family emigrated to Gibbstown, Co. Meath in 1937, part of De Valera’s vision of a new Gaeltacht. He died in Dungloe District Hospital on August 6th 1962 aged 85 years. The following is an extract from a local newspaper article recounting his life at sea: Harley, a middle aged man, who took a stoical and cheery view of his last day in his native Donegal, resealed himself to be a remarkable man in more ways than one. He informed me that in his early twenties he joined the British Navy, in which he served continuously for a period of over twenty years, relinquishing service with the rank of Chief Petty Office. Subsequently he entered the Mercantile Marine, with which he was associated for nearly another ten years. He recounted a number of interesting reminiscences of those sea-faring days, and told with evident pride that he was instructor to the present King when the latter was a cadet on the battleship the “Collingwood.” This was in connection with stokehold duty, and he told of how once he did the King a favour which met with tangible appreciation in connection with the preparation of the complicated plan of an evaporating plant on the ship. The King, he said, proved himself an apt sailor and a thorough gentleman in his relations with the men of all ranks aboard. He also came frequently into personal contact with the Duke of Windsor at, among other times, when he visited the “Collingwood” in 1913, then at Lamlash on the Clyde. He also was one of a bodyguard for the Duke when the latter paid a State visit on Christmas Day, 1922, to the cruiser “Southampton,’ then lying off Calcutta. The King was also with them at the Battle of Jutland, and he added that when the Duke of Windsor came aboard his ship on one occasion he immediately recognised him after a period of seven years since he had last seen him. During the War he served in the North Sea, at Scapa Flow, Dogger Bank, and the Battle ofJutland, returning to civil life in 1923, and abandoning the sea-faring life in 1932. [Derry People, March 27, 1937]
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.
Paddy died in Braade on St Patrick’s Day 1960 aged 76 years and was interned in Annagry Cemetery.
Hugh son of Frank and Bridget nee Doherty Gallagher was born in Calhame around 1880. He got married to Gracie Mhór Duffy (Patrick)from Annagry East in 1913. In 1914 he joined the Royal Muster Fusiliers (Regiment No.5344) and saw action in the Balkans. He was discharged on 28 Feb 1919 with a disability pension(12/MG/573). He returned home to Calhame and their only child Frank was born in 1920. He died in Scotland where he worked seasonally in 1935 and is buried 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 was working in a coal mine when joined the Irish Guards in Perth on 2nd November 1914. He left Caterham Barracks on New Year’s Eve 1914 and was reported to have deserted in the Police Gazette in January 1915. His service number was 5878.According to local knowledge he was reputed to have taken weapons home to the local Volunteers, which was later used against the Crown Forces. 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 East 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 and can be further examined here in this analysis by John B. Sharkey, Meenbanad James emigrated to the USA, where he was again called upon 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.
Hugh was a son of Frank Beag and Mary McGinley nee Gallagher Mullaghduff and a brother of Patrick above. He was a policeman in England but joined the Royal Leicester Regiment on the outbreak of war.
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 left Moville abroad the s.s.Columbia bound for America on September 2nd 1909. He 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. In September 1917 his father received official news that Joe had been wounded for a second time. After been injured in a gas attack he was taken back to a Belfast hospital. He resided in Crolly until his death on March 9th 1977 . He 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. Hs name appeared in the “wounded’ section of the Londonderry Sentinelon 23rd October1917. His service number was 1558.
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.
Maurice Boyle was born in Loughanure was a son of Doney Boyle
Denis McCafferty from Derrynamansher joined the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry and was wounded twice in action.
Patrick Mulholland born in the Learden/Plumbridge area of Co. Tyrone. Upon his marriage to Brigid ‘Frank’ Boyle from Keadue, he moved to Donegal were they raised their family. Paddy and Brigid later moved to Scotland but was seasonally migrating from their new home in Mullaghderg Mountain when he joined the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) in Scotland receiving the regimental number 11646. Paddy entered the theatre of war in France in Oct 1914. In a letter to the Derry Journal in November 1915, Paddy was noted to have been injured a number of times ‘wounds in the knead foreheads bullet through his right hand, with the latest and saddest, a disabled back, due toeing thrown ten feet into the air by a shell, four of the six in the party were killed outright.’ He was reported missing in action in the Mid-Lothian Journal on 1st September 1916, possibly from one of the Battles of the Somme that had taken place the previous July and August. He deserted on the 18th July 1917. Paddy injuries caused him to be admitted to hospitals in Scotland and Donegal. Paddy died on July 20th 1930 aged 55 years.
Patrick Boyle son of John from Annagry enlisted in Canada and served in France. He was demobilised in Vancouver in 1919.
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.
James Harley from Meendernasloe joined the Royal Navy and served with the future King George V aboard HMS
Peter Gallagher from Roshine (joined the Kings Own Border Regiment.
Patrick Joseph Gorry from Co.Mayo served in the war. He later lived with his wife Mary and family in Meenbanad, dying there on the 22th November 1946 aged 66 years.He is buried in Cruit Island Cemetery.
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 a son of Ellen Rodgers Meenacrieve Annagry and Glenties joined the 9th Batalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (25544) sometime after 1915. He was killed in action on the 13th November 1916 aged 20 years.He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery in France.
Fergal McCahill from Sheskinarone and Kincasslagh joined the 8th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Hamilton on the 20th December 1915 (No: 16968). He was killed in action on 29th April 1916 in Flanders. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial.
Others to die
James Bonner Upper Keadue
Andrew Early from Poolawaddy
Dominick Gallagher from Illion
John Joseph O’Donnell
John Joseph O’Donnell from Arranmore
John O’Donnell (Jack) from Plochóg killed at Ieper 1917
James Boyle from Arranmore
John Bonner (Brian) served in France
Patrick Bonner from Leabgarrow
John Early from Aphort joined the army and served in France
Owen Gallagher from Illion
Condy McCafferty served in the Royal Navy
Joe O’Donnell from Leabgarrow served in the Royal Navy. His ship was late for Jutland. He died in the mid 1980s
*Others involved- information from newspapers
Byrne, Harley’s, McCarron, O’Doherty, 5x Duffy’s, 3 x Rodgers’, one was a signaller in the Navy, 5 x Doogans, 6 x Sharkey (2 were badly wounded by Nov 1915 and one was missing in action since the ‘big advance’ of September 1915), Frank O’Donnell, Mullaghduff.
William Cannon son of Francis and Mary Cannon nee O’Donnell Derrynaspool and Stranabaggart enlisted in the Infantry Branch of Machine Gun Corps. He survived the war but died from the Spanish Flu on 8th March 1919 aged 41 years. He is buried in Denny and Dunipace Cemetery, Stirlingshire, Scotland in Grave 1425.
Isaac Logue son of Patrick and Bridget Logue, Doochary enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers in Motherwell. He died on 7th August 1915 at Gallipoli aged 27 years. He had then the rank of Corporal. He is remembered on Panel 185-90 on Helles Memorial in Turkey.
Joseph McHugh, son of Peter and Annie McHugh nee Sweeney was born in Derrylaconnell on 15th October 1888. He emigrated to the Unitied States and joined C 316 Company, Infantry Regiment, US Army. He died in France on the last day of the war.
James Boyle born in the Rosses joined the 253rd Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers. He was killed in action on 15th April 1917. His remains are buried in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Morris Ward son of Owen and Sheila Ward Chapel Road, Dungloe was born on 5th May 1893. He enlisted in the 12th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and received the regimental number 12252. He died on 25th September 1915 and is remembered on Panel 10-13 of Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
John O’Donnell was born in the parish of Templecrone. He enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry and died on 16th August 1915. He is remembered on Panel 173-77 on Helles Memorial, Turkey
Anthony Gallagher son of John and Brigid Gallagher nee Boyle was in Drimlaghdrid on 4th March 1880. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He is remembered at Thiepval Memorial in France.
Daniel Gallagher son of Morgan and Mary Gallagher nee Boner of Cronamaddow, Dungloe enlisted in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and received the regimental number 5591. He was killed in action in France on 9th August 1915 aged 39 years. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France in Grave IV.D.40
John Gallagher son of John and Mary Gallagher born in Templecrone and resident in Dungloe joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. He was killed in action in France on 27th March 1918. He is remembered on Bay 1 of Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
John McCauley son of Edward and Peggy McCauley Cullion, Dungloe was born in Glasgow. He enlisted in the A Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers in Cork. He was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on 23rd April 1915 aged 22 years. He is remembered on Panel 42of Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.
P. J. Flaherty
P. J. Flaherty was a son of Constable John (RIC) and Grace Flaherty nee Cahill (Meenagowan) . After emigrating to Canada, he joined the 19th Battalion Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment. He received the regimental number 693308. He died in France on 4th March 1918 aged 27 years and is buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension- Pas de Calais, France in Grave V.R.6.
J. ‘Clyde’ Melly
J. Clyde Melly son of John and Madge Melly nee Byrne Farrigans. He was an Able Seaman in Drake Battalion of The Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. His regimental number was Z/3501. He was killed in action on 11th September 1915 and is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Turkey in Grave 89.
James Molloy son of John and Cecelia Molloy nee Brennan was born in Meenacarn on 2th February 1891. He enlisted in Greenock into the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers receiving the regimental number 23444. He was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He is remembered on Pier and Face 4D and 5B at Thiepval Memorial in France.
Tom Molloy, from Meenacarn possibly a brother of James above. He had a brother called Thomas born on 14th May 1888.
Patrick O’Donnell born in Madavagh, Lettermacaward enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers and received the regimental number 6227. He died on 16th February 1917. He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium in Grave M.56.
Frank Boyle, Falmore joined the Scottish Rifles
Dan Gallagher Tearmon joined the Irish Guards and was killed in France
John Gallagher born in Templecrone was killed in action on 27th March 1918 in France. He was a Private in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.
Daniel Gallagher from the Lower Rosses was killed in action in France on 27th January 1917. He was a Private in the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
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 from Meendrain, Dungloe.
John McCarron son of Charles and Sarah McCarron nee Campbell was born in Brockagh on 11th February 1876. He joined the 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was killed on the last days of the war. He is buried in Dourles Communal Cemetery Extension-Nord, France in Grave I.C.25.
Frank Boyle from Dungloe born in Pittsburgh, USA joined the 11th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) No:12218 in Bathgate on the 11th May 1915 and died of wounds in Flanders on the 1st October 1915.He is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery which lies south of the town of Souchez in France. The cemetery contains more than 7,650 burials of servicemen of the British Empire in the First World War.
Andrew McAleer born in Omagh was a son of Edward McAleer, of Ballyhottie, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Annie nee Brennan of Arthur, Ontario, Canada and resided in Dungloe. He joined the 9th Battalion Princess Victoria’s Royal Irish Fusiliers (No: 42433) in Belfast. His medal roll records that he didn’t enlist until after 1915. He was killed in action on 1st October 1918 in Flanders. He was formerly a private in the Royal Irish Rifles. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Andrew and Annie (daughter of James Brennan) married on April 22th 1917 in St Patrick’s Church, Eskra, Co. Tyrone when Annie was at service in Cormone, Eskra, Omagh. In the 1911 census an Annie Brennan (age 15 years) was recorded with her parents James and Nancy and siblings Jack, James and Peter in Meenacross, Dungloe.
Andrew McNulty born in Ardveen June 8th 189, he was a son of Andrew and Nancy McNulty nee Walsh. He enlisted in Scotland in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1914 but later changed to the tunnelling corps of the Royal Engineers. He survived the war and married Sarah McBride from Magheralosk. They resided in Hamiliton.
Frank Boyle from Falmore joined the Rifles. Its believed he died in the war.
Dan Gallagher from Tearmon. He joined the Irish Guards and was killed in France.
Others from the Upper Rosses
Patrick Bonner from Derrylaconnell.
Thomas Molloy from Doochary was a Chaplin at the front. He was later parish priest of the Dungloe parish.
Hugh Doherty from Dungloe joined the Irish Guards and was wounded the war.
John Gallagher from Meendrain joined the Irish Guards.
Pat O’Donnell from Loch Salt joined the Scottish Rifles.
John Gallagher joined the Highland Light Infantry.
George Kerr from Falcorrib joined the Royal Garrison Artillery.
Frank McLaughlin from Dungloe joined the Connaught Rangers.
Willie Browne from Lettermacaward joined the Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Phil Boyle from Falmore joined the Scottish Rifles.
Jim McCarron from Meenleckalore joined the Inniskilling Fusiliers.
James McCarron joined the 6th Connaught Rangers, no.4789 or no.48493 on back of medal.
John Boyle from Roshine, he wrote letter to bishop from Nigg Camp, could be from Ardara.
Jim Boyle from Marameelan.
Neil Boyle from Marameelan joined the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was wounded in action. his brother John was also in the army, and lived in Scotland
John Boyle from Marameelan joined the Irish Guards.
Jim McShea from Marameelan joined the Irish Fusiliers.
Con Brennan from Meenacross joined the Irish Guards.
Con Brennan from Meendreen.
Pat Gallagher from Tearmon.
Jack McCarron from Brockagh.
John Boyle from Brockagh.
Con O’Donnell from the Diamond, Dungloe.
Willie Hanlon from Tuberkeen joined the Irish Guards.
Edward Hanlon son of Natheniel and Jane Hanlon nee Hamilton of Tuberkeen joined 3rd Rifles, 34th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force on the 24th March 1916. Born in 1880, he worked in Glacken’s Dungloe for four and a half years before emigrating to Australia.
John Boyle from Dungloe.
Patrick Boyle from somewhere in the Rosses.
Hugh Ward from somewhere in the Rosses.
Thomas Sullivan from Dungloe joined the forces but didn’t served in the war.
The Melly brothers from Lettermacaward, 4 in British Army from Greenock, 3 in US Army, sons of Johnny Joe and Bridget Melly nee Byrne.Johnny, Neily, Joe were in the British Army.
John Gallagher no.23237, aged 27yrs and 9 months, enlisted in KOSB on 22/6/1916, was discharged on 20/7/1916. He was a son of Mary Gallagher, Cranamadua.
Neil “Biddy”O’Donnell from Innisfree emigrated to America and when to war with the US Army. When he returned from America, he and his wife Jeanie lived in Tuberkeen.
Trimmer Daniel Boyle a native of Middle Dore was a son of John and Madge Boyle nee O’Donnell. He was lost at sea when the converted liner S.S.Tuncania was sunk off the north Irish coast on February 4th 1918. He was only 20 years of age. He is remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial in London. He was a nephew of Michael O’Donnell from Mullaghduff who was killed in action on September 17th 1916.
Trimmer Denis Boyle a native of Upper Dore was a son of Ned and Rose Boyle nee Sweeney. He was lost at sea when the troopship S.S. Tuncania was sunk off the north Irish coast on February 4th 1918. He was only 19 years old. He is remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
James O’Donnell son of James and Mary O’Donnell Ballindrait was lost at sea when the troopship S.S. California was sunk in the North Channel near the Scottish coast on February aQ7th 1917. In the summer of 1914 the S.S. California then a liner with the Anchor Line ran aground on Tory Island. James was aged 22 years and is remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
A native of Carrickastakin, Owen was a son of John and Rose Harkin nee Boyle. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Hamilton and received the regiment number 18109. He was killed in action in Gallipoli on Tuesday June 8th 1915 aged 27 years. He left behind a widow Annie nee Gallagher and his son Owenie in Sleeghan, who never meet his father. He is remembered on Panel 190 to 196 at the Helles Memorial in Turkey.
A native of Carrick, Prionsias a son of Francis and Máire Gallagher nee Sweeney enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and received the regiment number 18108. He was killed in action on June 14th 1915, just 6 days after his friend Owen Harkin from Carrickastaskin with whom he enlisted with in Hamilton. He is buried in Twelve Trees Cemetery in Helles, Turkey.
Charles Conaghan was born in Stranacorckra in 1880 to Hugh and Grace Conaghan nee McClafferty. Shortly after his parents emigrated to Australia leaving Charles behind at relations. When Charles was in his teens he emigrated to his parents in Rockhampton, Queensland. On January 30th 1915, Charles enlisted at Winton, Queensland and joined the 7th Rifles, 5th Light Horse Regiment. He disembarked Brisbane on August 20th 1915 on HMAT Shorpshire to the theatre of war. Charles survived the war and was serving with the Australian Imperial Canteen Force in Egypt when he suddenly took ill on January 3rd 1919. He succumbed the next day from the Spanish Flu. He is buried in Kantara Military Cemetery Egypt.
Michael Coll born on October 13th 1884, a son of Thomas and Madge Coll nee Boyle Derrybeg was believed to have died as a result of war at the Dardanelles. He was a brother of Thomas, Charles, John, Fergal, Dermot, Anna, Kate and Mary.
Teague Coyle son of Thomas and Máire Coyle nee McFadden Bloodyforeland. He was killed in action at the Somme on August 25th 1918 while serving with the 9th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He is buried in Fricourt British Cemetery in northern France.
Teague Coyle son of Mrs Grace Coyle Bloodyforeland enlisted in the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry in Berwick on Tweed. He received the regimental number 28715. Teague was killed in action in Mesopotamia on January 11th 1917. He is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in present day Iraq.
James Doohan son of James and Grace Doohan Meenaclady enlisted in Edinburgh in the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers. He died of wounds aged 40 years, in the 32th Field Ambulance in Salonika on September 30th 1916, the same day as Corporal Hugh Ferry from Sheskinbeg. He is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. James’ brother Manus was killed in Belgium just 6 weeks earlier.
Manus Doohan son of James and Grace Doohan Meenaclady joined the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Clydebank and received the regimental number 23328. He died of wounds received on Flanders Fields on August 9th 1916 aged 45 years. He is buried in Poperinge New Military Cemetery Belgium.
William Duffy a native of Moville joined the 8th Mountain Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery and saw action in the Middle Eastern theatre of war in Palestine. He died of wounds on May 16th 1918 aged 33 years. William was survived by his wife Brigid nee Coll of Gola Island. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery in present day Israel.
Charles Ferry son of Manus and Sarah Ferry nee McFadden was born in Bunbeg, but resided in Bellshill, Lanarkshire. He enlisted in the 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) at Hamilton. He was presumed to have been killed in action on May 1st 1917 while serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France. He was later declared dead and his father Manus received gratuity for his services in 1919.
Corporal Hugh Ferry son of Tarlach and Máire Ferry nee Roarty enlisted in the 20th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery in Edinburgh. He was killed in action in Salonika on September 28th 1916 aged 47 years. He is buried in Lembet Road Millitary Cemetery Greece
James Ferry son of Micheál and Julia Ferry was born in Gweedore, but had an address in St Johnston, Co. Donegal when he joined the Royal Engineers at Glencorse Barracks Penicuik Mid Lothian and was later transferred to the 12th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). He was promoted to the non commissioned rank of Lance Corporal during his time at the Western Front. He died of wounds on October 14th 1917 at Ypres aged 38 years. He is buried in Mendingham Millitary Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium. He was survived by his sister Mrs Maggie Sweeney.
Dominic Ruadh Gallagher from Glassagh enlisted in Dalkeith in the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment and received the regimental number 16751. He was killed in action near Ypres, Belguim on July 20th 1915 aged 32 years. He was survived by his wife Mary. He was laid to rest in the “ an unknown soldiers” section of Poelcapelle British Cemetery Belgium but his grave was later identified and a white headstone bearing his name and regiment details was placed over him.
Hugh J Gallagher
Hugh J Gallagher son of Seamus and Kate Gallagher Lower Knockastoller joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Glasgow and received the regimental number 27345. He died of wounds in No.8 Station Hospital north of Boulogne on August 5th 1917 aged 23 years. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery France.
James Gallagher son of Oliver and Kate Gallagher nee Gallagher Magheragallon enlisted in the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Guards in Edinburgh. He was killed in action just several months into the war on November 11th 1914 aged 35 years. The war was to last some four years to the day. He is remembered on Panel II Menin Gate in Ieper Belgium. He has been incorrectly recorded as a member of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers in some publications.
Gunner James Gallagher son of Michael and Bríd Gallagher nee Gallagher Strakeenagh was locally known as Jimmy Mhicí Chonchubhar. He joined the “A” Battery, 38th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died on May 22nd 1918 and is remembered on Panel I Ploegsteert Memorial Hainaut Belgium.
Lance Corporal Teague Gallagher son of Patrick and Sophia Gallagher nee McBride enlisted in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Edinburgh on August 17th 1915. He received the regimental number 6504. He died on October 9th 1917 aged 24 years and is remembered on Panel III.A.19 Ploegsteert Memorial Hainaut Belgium. He was survived by his mother Sophia, brothers Michael, Hugh, Patrick and Peter (Boston) and sisters Sarah and Fanny.
Edward McFadden son of Éamonn and Kate McFadden nee O’Donnell Carrickmagarvey joined the 8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and received the regimental number 25206. He was killed in action in France on September 9th 1916 aged 32 years. He is remembered on Pier and Face 4D and 5B at Thiepval Memorial Somme France
Connell McGarvey son of Philip and Brigid McGarvey nee Friel Innisherrer Island. He joined the Royal Navy Reserve and became a deckhand on a requisitioned Steam Drifter renamed HM Bluebell used for minesweeping duties. He died on April 1st 1918, just 3 days before his 19th birthday and is buried in Wallasey Cemetery, Rake Lane, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
James Murray was born in Dunlewey Far to John and Kate Murray nee McKendry, where his father was employed as a coachman. James joined the 9th battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Belfast and was killed on the first day of the battle of the on July 1st 1916 aged 22 years. He is remembered on Pier and Face 16C Thiepval Memorial Somme France and inside Dunlewey Chapel.
Hugh O’Brien son of Patrick and Ellen O’Brien Glassaghcoo enlisted in the Royal Irish Fusiliers in Inverkeithing and later was assigned to “X” Corps Cyclist attalion, Army Cyclist Corps. He died in the barracks on June 12th 1915 aged 18 years. He is buried in Tottenham and Wood Green Cemetery Middlesex England.
Charlie Mór McGee from Dole served in the Irish Guards. After the war he was Captain of Gweedore (South) Company of the Irish Volunteers.
Charles Coppins son of Michael and Susan Coppins was born in Gweedore on December 18th 1883 where his father was a National school teacher. Charles emigrated to Canada where he worked as a clerk. He enlisted in Montreal in the 4th MD, 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Quebec Regiment.
When Fred Gallagher son of John and Maggie Gallagher Lower Dore enlisted in 2nd Unit 49th Battalion Australian Imperial Force on October 26th 1915 he was 31 years and 11 months, 5’7”, 146lbs, of fair complexion with dark brown hair and blue eyes. After training in the art of war, Fred disembarked from Sydney aboard S.S. Hawkes Bay in April 1916 bound for Europe. He was promoted to the non commissioned rank of Lance Corporal on January 29th 1917 and was deployed in the village of Noreuil in northern France. In early 1917, General John Gellibrand, acting commander of the 2nd Division, advanced as he suspected that the Germans were withdrawing. Gellibrand’s advance began well but ended with a disastrous, ill planned and ill executed “unauthorised” attack on Noreuil. On the morning of April 2nd 1917, the village was attacked by the 50th and 51st Battalions, with the 49th and 52nd in support. Danish-born Australian Private Jensenof the 50th Battalion was awarded the Victoria Cross for the part he played. Dore native Lance Corporal Fred Gallagher directed the 49th and supervised consolidation work. Although wounded and suffering intense pain, he continued his work under heavy fire until he was again more seriously wounded. His injuries were treated at a field hospital and when he improved he was taken to hospital in England aboard HMS Londonderry some three weeks later. This feat of gallantry awarded him the Military Medal. He was to stay in England for the remainder of the war. He married Madge Sweeney a daughter Fred Sweeney with an address at 13 Rutherglen Road Glasgow in St John Church Glasgow on January 6th 1918. Fred returned to Australia with his new bride Madge, who had been previously employed as a munitions worker in Glasgow. He was discharged from the military in 1919.
John Gallagher son of John and Maggie Gallagher Lower Dore was a 30 year coal lumper when he joined the 35th Battalion Australian Imperial Force in Brisbane on October 26th 1915. When John saw his inevitable posting to the theatre of war, he deserted that same day and was still on the run when he was court marshalled in his absence on December 6th 1915. John was described as being 5’ 5” in height with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He had previously served 20 months in the Royal Field Artillery in England.
Patrick Joseph Gallagher
Patrick Joseph Gallagher son of John and Maggie Gallagher Lower Dore was a 32 year old miner when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on March 22nd 1916. He didn’t leave Australia.
Edward McFadden son of Mrs H. McFadden Curransport was a 33 year old miner he joined the 17th Battalion Australian Imperial Force on April 4th 1915. He disembarked Sydney aboard HMAT Themistocles A32 on May 12th 1915 for war.
Patrick O’Donnell son of Kate O’Donnell Gweedore was a 32 year old labourer when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Kempsey New South Wales on December 14th 1916. He had previously served in the Royal field Artillery in England for 2 years. He was described as 5’6” tall, of reddish complexion with brown hair and grey eyes.
Patrick Gallagher from Middle Dore enlisted in Unit 79, Royal Field Artillery in Kilmarnock on May 8th 1915 and received the regimental number 035997 and the rank oGunner. A son of Anthony and Nora O’Donnell, 34 year old Patrick was married to Grace nee Mulligan. Their marriage took place in Brooklyn New York. He saw service in Salonika and was injuried in the field in 1917. After the war he was discharged to his home at 30 William St Anderon Glasgow.
When farm labourer John McGeady enlisted in the Irish Guards in Edinburgh on January 27th 1914, he stated that he was born in Middletown 20 years and 316 days previously. He gave his also gave information about his immediate family. He recorded that his father’s name was Neil from Bloody Foreland and his mother’s name was Catherine. His brother Patrick and sisters Catherine, Mary, Annie and Biddy’s name were entered in the attestation document too. It is not known if John saw action in the war.
John Doogan son of Charles and Rose Doogan Bunawack was aged 19 years and 30 days when he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in Glasgow on January 12th 1914. He was then a farm labourer living with his father at Semple Rose Bank Farm in Mid Calder. On his attestation document he was described as been 5’8” in height, of sallow complexion with brown hair and blue eyes. He was discharged on April 9th 1914. It was common for young men to join local regiments in order to survive the winter when work was scarce on Scottish farms. It is not known if he was called up again for service later that year.
Joseph Doherty from Gweedore survived his term on the battlefields of WW1 only to be fatally injured along with a fellow Gweedore man John Gallagher when both were struck by a ballast train near Dunbarton during WW2. He was survived by his wife and family.
Private Doogan from Crolly served in 7th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers. When he deserted during the war, the War Office sent a letter to Annagry RIC Barracks inquiring of his whereabouts. The Annagry police replied stating that they search for Private Doogan but his whereabouts remained unknown.
Hugh O’Hanlon was born near Letterkenny in 1894. When he enlisted in the Royal Irish Regiment in Fermoy on February 2nd 1915, he gave an address in Dunlewey.