The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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John Doherty


Private John Doherty of Clonmany, Inishowen, Co Donegal died in the sinking of RMS Leinster on the 10th of October 1918 and his body was not recovered. His original military papers are not available but the later transcripts show that he was a Corporal in the Labour Corps, and had previously served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. These records give his name as ‘Docherty’.

On the 2nd of May 1916 John Doherty had written his ‘Soldier’s Will’, a brief document which would be valid in the event of his death. In it he gave £2 to his brother Neal with the remainder going to his mother, Mrs J Doherty. The address for both was given as Claggin, Clonmany. Claggan is a sub-townland of the townland of Letter, in the parish of Clonmany, but because there are so many of the Doherty name in the censuses in that townland it has not been possible to positively identify Private John Doherty.



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