Doggart, Alexander (No. 18/389)

Doggart, Alexander

Rifleman

No. 18/389, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Monday 18 June 1917 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Brother of Corporal James Neil Doggart (No. 8496)

Brother of Rifleman Thomas Maddock Doggart (No. 16418)

BIOGRAPHY

Alexander Doggart was born on 6 June 1898 in Ella’s Villas, Bangor Road, Newtownards and he was the sixth son of Hugh Doggart (born 13 December 1857) and Agnes Doggart (nee McCullough) who were married on 23 March 1882 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Hugh Doggart from East Street, Newtownards was a son of Hugh Doggart, a weighmaster.  Agnes McCullough (aged 23) was from Movilla Street, Newtownards.

The Doggart family lived in Newtownards, in Francis Street; in Wallace’s Street; at 46 East Street; in Movilla Street and in Ella’s Villas, Bangor Road.

Hugh Doggart was a house painter and decorator and he and Agnes had at least nine children:

Hugh (born 20 December 1882 in Frances Street, Newtownards)

James Neil (born 11 July 1885 in Wallace’s Street, Newtownards)

Thomas Maddock (born 8 September 1887 in East Street, Newtownards)

Adam (born 7 December 1889 in East Street, Newtownards)

Jemima (born 31 March 1892; died of phthisis 27 February 1902)

William (born 5 October 1893 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

Mary Boyd McCullough (born 13 February 1896 in Movilla Street, Newtownards; died of phthisis 30 December 1901)

Alexander (born 6 June 1898 in Ella’s Villas, Bangor Road, Newtownards)

Agnes Beatrice (born 14 August 1901 in East Street, Newtownards; died of debility 11 April 1902)

The children were baptised in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).

After their mother, Agnes, died of phthisis on 20 June 1904 (aged 45), their father, Hugh, married Eleanor (Ellen) Jane McChesney on 25 April 1908 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Eleanor Jane McChesney from Newtownards was a daughter of John McChesney, a labourer.

Ellen Doggart (nee McChesney) died of a bowel obstruction on 4 April 1914 (aged 44) and Hugh Doggart Senior died of bronchitis on 22 December 1915 (aged 56).

All six of Hugh Doggart’s sons were on active service during the Great War and three of them – James, Thomas and Alexander – were killed in action.

Bugler Adam Doggart served with the Royal Irish Rifles and was invalided out of service because of injuries; after that he worked as a motorman on Belfast City Tramways.

Rifleman Alexander Doggart served with the Royal Irish Rifles and he was killed in action on 18 June 1917.

Seaman-Gunner Hugh Doggart served on a Minesweeper.

Corporal James Neil Doggart served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and was killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Rifleman Thomas Maddock Doggart served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and was killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Private William Doggart served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

James and Thomas Doggart both died on the same day, Alexander less than a year later.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Alexander Doggart worked at the Glen Printing and Finishing Works in Newtownards.  Alexander enlisted in July 1915 in Newtownards and he trained with the 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at Clandeboye.  He was posted to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and was killed in action on 18 June 1917 in the front-line west of Warneton, Belgium.

Rifleman Alexander Doggart has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Rifleman Alexander Doggart had made his will on 12 December 1916 and when he died his property and effects were received by his brother, Adam Doggart, who lived at 2 Matlock Street, Belfast.

Rifleman Alexander Doggart is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; on the Memorial Plaque in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s) and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 156).