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M/12142   Engine Room Artificer 4th Class James Donnelly
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Dated added: 12/11/2019   Last updated: 17/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Pembroke, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 25/07/1887
Died: 19/05/1915 (Died of Illness)
Age: 27
James Donnelly was the son of Owen and Mary Donnelly. He was born about 1888. The family lived in Altaglushan, Clonavaddy, Pomeroy. James emigrated to Canada. James Donnelly went on to become the chief engineer of the Hudson`s Bay Store in Calgary, Alberta. On a visit home to Tyrone in December 1914, James Donnelly enlisted as an Engine Room Artificer with the Navy. He was sent to one of the battleships of the fleet in the Irish Sea. Whilst serving, James Donnelly contracted spinal meningitis. Engine Room Artificer James Donnelly died of cerebro-spinal meningitis on 19th May 1915 in the Royal Navy Hospital at Chatham, England.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery
  Gillingham, Kent, 9
Grave Ref: Mem: Naval-RC-8-400
CWGC Casualty 3056625
There is a large naval section in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery which was reserved by the Admiralty and served the Royal Naval Hospital in Windmill Road. The section contains most of the war graves as well as burials of the pre-war and inter-war years.
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Donnelly family Lists James as age 13 living at house 17 in Altaglushan, Clonavaddy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Donnelly family Does not list James as living at house 27 in Altaglushan, Clonavaddy, Tyrone
3 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Artificer James Donnelly including photo
4 Photo of Artificer James Donnelly's headstone
5 National Archives UK Naval Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Artificer James Donnelly's headstone can be purchased here
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