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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 15/11/1897
Died: 14/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Thomas Donnelly was the only son of John and Mary Jane Donnelly. Thomas was born on 15th November 1897 in Clonoe, County Tyrone. He was the eldest of three children. His two sisters died young. The family lived in Annagher and then in Coalisland itself. Rifleman Thomas Donnelly was serving with "C" Company of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action during fighting in the Judean hills in Palestine on 14th March 1918.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery
  Ramleh, Rabat, 14
Grave Ref: Grave U.-62
CWGC Casualty 652254
From Tel Aviv, take road number one (Ayalon) south towards Jerusalem. Leave at the exit signposted Lod/Ramleh. This is the exit after Ben Gurion Airport. Proceed along Route 40 for approximately 5 kilometres. At the traffic lights signposted Lod (South) turn right. At the roundabout turn left. The Cemetery entrance is on the left, after 400 metres.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Donnelly family Lists Thomas as age 4 at house 37 in Annagher, Meenagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Donnelly family Lists Thomas as age 13 at house 75 in Coalisland Town, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 Photo of Private Thomas Donnelly's gravestone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Royal Irish Rifles - Hill 30 Action at Tell 'Asur, Judean Hills, Palestine in March, 1918
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas Donnelly's gravestone can be purchased here
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