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24988   Lance Corporal William John Droogan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/02/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/12/1894
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 on 22nd December 1894 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 3rd October 1918.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan
Further Information
William John Droogan was the eldest son of Francis and Catherine Droogan. Francis Droogan and Catherine McCaffrey were married on 6th November 1891 in the district of Dungannon.
William Droogan was born on 22nd December 1894. He was the second of eight children, all born in the Ballygawley area.
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.
Family: Francis Droogan, Catherine Droogan, Catherine Droogan (born 11th February 1893), William Droogan (born 22nd December 1894), Francis Droogan (born 6th September 1896), Mary Anne Droogan (born 28th April 1898), Thomas Droogan (born 30th January 1900), Maggie E Droogan (born 19th June 1903), Agnes Droogan (born 13th July 1905), Patrick L Droogan (born 7th June 1907).
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, County Tyrone.
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 3rd October 1918.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, ten kilometres south east of Arras in France.
Lance Corporal William John Droogan headstone
The CWGC records William as the son of Francis and Catherine Droogan of Lisdoort, Ballygawley, County 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
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
06/11/1891 M McCaffrey Catherine Parent M/1891/T1/2567/2/71 Cathrine
06/11/1891 M Droogan Francis Parent M/1891/T1/2567/2/71
11/02/1893 B Droogan Cassie Sibling U/1893/102/1026/8/67 McCaffery
22/12/1894 B Droogan William Casualty U/1895/102/1026/8/235
06/09/1896 B Droogan Francis Sibling U/1896/76/1026/9/453
28/04/1898 B Droogan Mary Sibling U/1898/76/1026/10/96
10/01/1900 B Droogan Thomas Sibling U/1900/102/1026/9/117
19/06/1903 B Droogan Maggie Sibling U/1903/76/1026/10/364
13/07/1905 B Droogan Agnes Sibling U/1905/76/1026/10/459 McCaffery
07/06/1907 B Droogan Patrick Sibling U/1907/76/1026/11/48 McCaffery
References and Links
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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 of Ireland Last Will and Testament of L/Corp William John Droogan
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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