Dooley, James Cunningham (James)
No. 14/6615, 15th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of disease on Friday 28 June 1918 (aged 30)
Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Germany (Grave I. C. 10)
Holywood and District War Memorial
James Cunningham Dooley was born on 7 March 1888 in Hill Street, Holywood and he was a son of Thomas and Eleanor (Ellen) Dooley (nee Allen) who were married on 29 May 1875 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip and St James). Thomas Dooley, an officer’s servant from Hill Street, Holywood was a son of William Dooley, a saddler. Eleanor Allen was a daughter of William Allen, a commercial traveller.
The Dooley family lived in Holywood, in Hill Street and Church View.
Thomas Dooley, who was born in County Westmeath, worked as a gardener and he and Ellen had at least ten children:
Elizabeth (born 26 February 1876 in Hill Street, Holywood; died 15 March 1876)
Thomas (born 14 March 1877)
Daniel (born 25 July 1880 in Church View, Holywood)
Elizabeth Rose (born 15 October 1882 in Church View, Holywood)
William Francis (born 19 October 1885 in Church View, Holywood)
James Cunningham (born 7 March 1888 in Hill Street, Holywood)
John (twin, born 12 July 1890 in Church View, Holywood; died of debility 6 August 1890)
Neville (twin, born 12 July 1890 in Church View, Holywood; died of debility 26 July 1890)
Neville Robert (born 25 October 1891 in Church View, Holywood; died of debility 31 December 1891)
Agnes (born 24 April 1893 in Church View, Holywood)
Before the outbreak of the Great War, James Dooley worked as a general labourer. He enlisted in Belfast and served with the 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th Ulster Division. He made his will on 25 May 1916 and in it he left everything to his mother.
Rifleman James Dooley was taken Prisoner-of-War by the Germans and he was 30 when he died of pneumonia on 28 June 1918. He was buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
ON HIS SOUL
SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY
Rifleman James Dooley is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.