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6970   Private Francis Donnelly
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 12/11/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Francis Donnelly was born in Draperstown, County Londonderry. He enlisted in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. After training he went to France on 18th December 1915. He had previously been with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Army Cyclist Corps. Private Francis Donnelly was serving with 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers when he was wounded. Private Donnelly died of gunshot wounds, which fractured his right thigh, at No 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on 12th November 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
  Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave XXVII-A-14
CWGC Casualty 435259
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located 12 Kms west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 Kms along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road.
References and Links
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1 Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Details of Private Francis Donnelly including photos
2 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Francis Donnelly
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 Private Bernard Crilly Brother of Brigid Crilly, Will benefactor
5 Private Charles Crilly Brother of Brigid Crilly, Will benefactor
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