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10699   Corporal Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/12/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 16/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
Summary      
Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson was born in Moville, Donegal about 1896, He was the eldest son of Nixon and Margaret Anne Donaldson of 8 Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. His father was a police constable. Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson enlisted in Omagh. He was living in Gortin at the time. Corporal Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson was with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the Battle of Festubert on 16 May 1915 aged 19.
Further Information
Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson was born in Moville, Donegal about 1896, He was the eldest son of Nixon and Margaret Anne Donaldson of 8 Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.
The 1901 census reveals Nixon was a constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson enlisted in Omagh. He was living in Gortin at the time.
Corporal Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action during the Battle of Festubert on 16 May 1915 aged 19.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 1st June 1915: Dungannon Casualties
The Dead March in Saul was rendered on the organ in St Anne's Parish Church, Dungannon, at the conclusion of the Sunday morning service as a mark of respect for the memory of two members of the congregation belonging to the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who had laid down their lives for the Empire in France on the 15th and 16th May. Rev T J McEndoo, M.A., before entering upon his sermon, referred to the death in action of Corporal H V S Donaldson, son of Sergeant N Donaldson, R.I.C., Dungannon, and said that on the previous Sunday they had mourned for the death of Private W R Dickson, Lisnahull.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 8th July 1915:
Private Thomas White, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, has intimated to his relatives in Dungannon that he is at present in hospital at Reading, suffering from gas poisoning
From the Tyrone Courier dated 2nd September 1915:
Sergeant Nixon Donaldson R.I.C., Dungannon, is most anxious to ascertain information regarding his son, Corporal Henry Victor Sidney Donaldson (10699) 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who took part in the heavy fighting at Festubert on 16th May, and was posted as missing on that day.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 8th April 1916:
A notification has been received from the War Office was received yesterday by Sergeant N Donaldson, R.I.C., Dungannon, intimating that his eldest son, Corporal H V S Donaldson, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who had previously been reported missing, was killed in action during the Inniskillings’ famous charge at Festubert on 16th May 1915. Corporal Donaldson, who was only 19 years of age, was a nephew of Captain John T O’Neill, 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, now at Ballykinlar, and of Quartermaster Sergeant Philip Le Gear, 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who was also present at the Battle of Festubert.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 April 1916:
Sergeant Nixon Donaldson R.I.C., Dungannon, received intimation from the War Office last week that his eldest son, Corporal H B S Donaldson, Inniskillings, who had previously been reported missing, was killed in action during the Inniskillings' charge at Festubert on 16th May 1915. Accompanying the notification was an expression of sympathy from Lord Kitchener.
The CWGC record Corporal Donaldson as the son of Nixon and Margaret Anne Donaldson of 8 Orchard Terrace, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
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1 1901 Census lists Donaldson family Lists Henry N S as age 5 living at house 40 in Elevenballyboes, Greencastle, Donegal
2 1911 Census lists Donaldson family Does not lists Henry N S as living at house 66.2 in Gortin Town, Tyrone
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