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7989   Private Robert Dornan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 28/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 21/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
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Robert Dornan was born in Belfast. Robert Dornan enlisted in Dungannon. Private Robert Dornan was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 21st October 1914.
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Robert Dornan was born in Belfast.
Robert Dornan enlisted in Dungannon.
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Private Robert Dornan was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on 21st October 1914.
Letter from Will records -No 7989 Pottlehall camp, County Donegal, Ireland 20th August 1914
Dear Annie, I write you these few lines hoping to find you in good health as it leaves me the same at present Annie. I received the papers all right but I got no letter which I was expecting from you. Let me know if you sent one. Has some of them gone astray.
Annie? I hope your mother is getting on alright. Tell your children I was asking for them. I hope they are keeping well. Annie, they were asking me for my next of kin and I signed your name as there is no one else I would give anything to except yourself Annie. We got on pay and I got a three shillings postal order
I kept it three days waiting on an answer from you to send it to you but we were on bathing parade and I either lost it out of my pocket or it was taken out of them. But no matter, I will be more careful the next time. Annie I told the Colour Sergeant of my company, I was leaving you four pence per day while we are here. I suppose if we go away, we will likely sign the will. Annie, there are an awful crowd of
us here. We are attached to one of our own militia battalion and we have to fight nearly for over food. I wish we were away from about them. Annie, let me know if you get the money alright which I have signed to you. No more to say at present but I remain your loving Robbie. Write soon as we shift anytime. Good night.
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1 Ireland Memorial Record Lists Robert Dornan
2 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Robert Dornan
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
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