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24988   Lance Corporal William John Droogan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 03/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
William John Droogan was the eldest son of Francis and Catherine Droogan. He was born about 1895 in Ballygawley, County Tyrone. His father worked as a railway labourer. The family lived in Grange, Ballygawley, Tyrone. William Droogan enlisted in Omagh. Lance Corporal William John Droogan was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on 3 October 1918. He was 23 years old.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan
Further Information
William John Droogan was the eldest son of Francis and Catherine Droogan. He was born about 1895 in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census records William as 6 years old. His father was a 'Miles Man' and worked as a railway labourer. The family lived in Grange, Ballygawley, Tyrone.
The 1911 census does not list William as living with the family. His father still worked on the railways. The family now lived in Drumcorke, Favor Royal, Tyrone.
Family: Francis Droogan, Catherine Droogan, Catherine Droogan 8 (born about 1893), William Droogan 6 (born about 1895), Francis Droogan 5 (born about 1896), Mary Anne Droogan 3 (born about 1898), Thomas Droogan 1 (born about 1900), Maggie E Droogan 8 (born about 1903), Agnes Droogan 6 (born about 1905), Patrick L Droogan 4 (born about 1907).
William was a farm labourer before joining the colours.
William Droogan enlisted in Omagh in July 1915.
Medal card
From the Tyrone Courier dated 23rd March 1916:
Lance Corporal Droogan, 7th Inniskilling Fusiliers, who is a son of Mr Francis Droogan, Lisdourt, Ballygawley, volunteered in July last and is now serving with the Irish Brigade in France. He was a farm labourer before joining the colours.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan was serving with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France and Flanders on 3 October 1918. He was 23 years old.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan headstone
The CWGC records William as the son of Francis and Catherine Droogan, of Lisdoort, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Grange, Ballygawley Ballygawley Census listing in Grange, Ballygawley 54.459662 -7.029283
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1 1901 Census lists Droogan Family Lists William as age 6, living with the family at house 3 in Grange, Ballygawley, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Droogan Family Does not list William as living with the family at house 2 in Drumcorke, Favor Royal, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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