Dornan, John (No. 12779)

Dornan, John

Private

No. 12779, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 32)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B)

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Dorman.

John Dornan was born on 16 January 1884 in South Street, Newtownards and he was a son of William and Mary Ann Dornan (nee McNally, sometimes McNeilly, sometimes McInally, sometimes McAnally) who were married on 27 March 1883 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  William Dornan from South Street, Newtownards was a son of William Dornan, a labourer.  Mary Anne McNally from South Street, Newtownards was a daughter of Patrick McNally, a victualler.

William Dornan worked as a labourer and he and Mary Ann had at least four children:

Margaret Jane (Maggie, born 5 June 1879 in Tollymore, Newcastle, Co Down)

Ellen Theresa (Ellie, born 29 April 1882 in South Street, Newtownards, Co Down)

John (born 16 January 1884 in South Street, Newtownards, Co Down)

Thomas (born 8 November 1885 in South Street, Newtownards, Co Down)

William Dornan died in the late 1800s and the Dornan family moved to 19 Roseberry Street, Connswater, Belfast.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War John Dornan worked as a carpenter.  When he enlisted he served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by then in 96th Brigade of the 32nd Division and he was 32 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.  Private John Dornan has no know grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 162).