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10024   Private John Philip (Jack) Doran
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Dated added: 17/11/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 01/05/1887
Died: 07/12/1915 (Died)
Age: 27
Summary      
John Philip Doran was the son of James and Hessie Doran. Philip John Doran was born in Randalstown. Jack Doran, as he became known, was a clerk at Toome Railway Station. Jack was a pianist of exceptional merit, and was in high demand at entertainments and social functions in the district, according to a report in the Belfast Newsletter. John Doran enlisted in Glasgow at the outbreak of the war. Private John Philip Doran was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, when he died on Tuesday 7th December 1915.
Further Information
John Philip Doran was the son of James and Hessie Doran (nee McAuley tbc).
Philip John Doran was born on 1st May 1887 in Randalstown (tbc).
Known family: James Doran, Hessie Doran, Sarah Anne Doran (born 16th October 1882), John Philip Doran (born 1st May 1887).
The 1901 census does not list John as living with the family at house 31 in Main Street, Randalstown, Antrim.
It is believed his father died in Randalstown on 16th June 1904, aged 61 (GRONI Ref D/1904/7/1001/12/357).
Jack Doran, as he became known, was a clerk at Toome Railway Station
Jack was a pianist of exceptional merit, and was in high demand at entertainments and social functions in the district, according to a report in the Belfast Newsletter.
John Doran enlisted in Glasgow at the outbreak of the war.
Medal card
Private John Philip Doran was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, when he died on Tuesday 7th December 1915.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 4th January 1916:
News has been received of the death of on the way to France of Mr Jack Doran, formerly clerk at Toome Railway Station, who joined the colours at the outbreak of war. Mr Doran was a native of Randalstown, and was a pianist of exceptional merit, and was in high demand at entertainments and social functions in the district.
Private J P Doran is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Cemetery. Greece.
The CWGC record Private John Philip Doran as the son of James and Hessie Doran of Main Street, Randalstown, County Antrim.
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Relevant Magherafelt Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Toome Railway Station Toome Worked at Toome Railway Station 54.753227 -6.460495
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists Doran family 1901 census does not list John as living with the family at house 31 in Main Street, Randalstown, Antrim
2 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private John Philip Doran's grave
3 National Archives UK Medal card of Private John Philip Doran can be purchased here
4 Randalstown 1914-1918 Brief details of Private John Philip (Jack) Doran
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Philip Doran's grave can be purchased here
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