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591978   Rifleman John Alexander Doonan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/03/1892
Died: 23/12/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
John Alexander Doonan was the eldest son of Johnston and Anna Clara Doonan. He was born on 22nd March 1892 in Dungannon. He was the second of four children. By 1911 John was a drapery salesman in Omagh. His father was superintendent of Dungannon markets. Rifleman John Alexander Doonan was serving with the 2nd/18th Battalion of the London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) when he was killed in action in Palestine on the eve of Christmas on 23rd December 1917. Both of Johnís also served during the war and survived. Both brothers received the Military Medal.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Jerusalem War Cemetery
  Jerusalem  14
Grave Ref: Grave T-42
CWGC Casualty 646711
Jerusalem War Cemetery is 4.5 kilometres north of the walled city and is situated on the neck of land at the north end of the Mount of Olives, to the west of Mount Scopus. The cemetery is found on Churchill Blvd, sandwiched between Hadassah Hospital and the Hyatt Hotel. The Australian Memorial is opposite the cemetery entrance.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 St Annes Church Of Ireland - WWI Dungannon
2 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 3 Dungannon
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Doonan family Lists John Alexander as age 9 in Ranfurly Terrace, Dungannon, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Doonan Family Does not list John Alexander as living with the family at house 4 in John Street, Dungannon
3 1911 Census lists John A Doonan Lists John as age 19, a drapery salesman, boarding at house 30 in High Street, Omagh, Tyrone
4 Photo of Rifleman John Alexander Doonan's gravestone
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman John Alexander Doonan's gravestone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023