John Donohoe

The British Inquest exists in TNA - WO 35/149A/28 Description: Death of John Donohoe; 14th June, 1921; Ratoath, County Meath. - but I cannot find it in Ancestry images.

If he did join the RDF in 1915 , then he was only 15 years old. I cannot get a MIC for an RDF man who went on to RFA

 

1900 Nov 10. Born Meath

1901 census living at Ratoath, Meath

1911 census living at Ratoath, Meath

1915 Enlisted in RDF

He served as a private with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was wounded during the 1916 rebellion, and also subsequently wounded in France. After the Armistice he transferred to the Royal Field Artillery and was demobbed in March 1921.

1921 Jun 14. died Ratoath. GRO record

IRA Witness Statement John Donoghue of Ratoath was executed for spying. Donoghue, although very young, was also an ex-British Army soldier. He had been giving Information to the police in Dunshaughlin about the Kilbride Company. As a result of the information supplied by him, Michael Manning was arrested by the Black and Tans and given a bad time.He was beaten and made to dig a hole for himself. They put him in the hole and then filled it up to his neck with clay. They did not shoot him however. Donoghue was shot and tied with the usual label "Spies and Informers Beware". There were other people suspected in the area, but there was no concrete evidence against them.

 

 

 

Ex-soldiers killed in Ireland