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28679   Private John Donnelly
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Dated added: 25/04/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 12/10/1895
Died: 06/04/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
John Donnelly was the son of John and Annie Donnelly. He was born on 12th October 1895 in Kilrea. He was one of eleven children. The family lived in Movanagher, Kilrea. Both John and his father were labourers. John Donnelly enlisted in Edinburgh. In March 1918 he was badly wounded and was taken from the front and transferred by ship to Southampton hospital in England. His left leg was so badly injured and infected that it had to be amputated at the thigh. Private John Donnelly was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on Saturday 6th April 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Southampton Hollybrook Cemetery
  Southampton, Hampshire, 9
Grave Ref: Grave M-9-25
CWGC Casualty 362734
This cemetery lies next to Southampton University Hospital.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 79
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Donnelly family 1901 census lists John as age 5 living with the family at house 34 in Movanagher, Kilrea, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Donnelly family 1911 census lists John as age 15 living with the family at house 7 in Movanagher, Kilrea, Londonderry
3 Fecebook - Royal Dublin Fusiliers Details of Private John Donnelly
4 Photo of Private John Donnelly's grave
5 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private John Donnelly
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Private John Donnelly can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Donnelly's grave can be purchased here
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