This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 50263
- Rank: Gunner
- Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
- Unit/Ship: 147th Brigade
- Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Age at Death: 25
- Date of Death: 16.04.1915
- Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Cemetery: Helles Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 21 & 22
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: c/o Thomson, 12 St Mary Pl, Dundee
- Occupation: Iron Dresser, Wallace Foundry, Dundee
Ann Doran, 18 St Mary St, Dundee
Henry Doran, 18 St Mary St, Dundee
More about Henry Doran
Henry has no known grave but is remembered on the Helles Memorial.
Henry Doran 50263 Royal Field Artillery
DUNDEE ARTILLERYMAN IS DROWNED
WHEN BRITISH TRANSPORT IS ATTACKED
BY TURKISH TORPEDO BOAT IN AEGEAN SEA.
Mrs Doran, who resides at 18 St Mary Place, Dundee, has been officially notified of the death of her son, Gunner Henry Doran, Royal Field Artillery. Gunner Doran was drowned in the Aegean Sea when the transport Manitou was attacked by a Turkish torpedo boat on 17th inst.
The circumstances attending Gunner Doran’s death are pathetic. He met his death on his mother’s birthday. It is believed that Gunner Doran was drowned when the accident befell the lowering of the life-boats. He was 26 years of age. Six or seven years ago he enlisted in the Artillery, and saw service in India and South Africa. His time expired just on the outbreak of the war, and he left India for home. He reached England on Christmas Eve, and was for some time stationed at Leamington Spa, where he was engaged breaking in horses and training recruits. During all these years he had not seen his mother.
He obtained one day’s leave, but did not think it worth while travelling north, as he would have very little time at home. Gunner Doran was unmarried. Before joining the army he was employed as an iron-dresser in Wallace Foundry. He has four brothers-in-law—with the colours—sons of Mrs Thomson, with whom his mother is at present residing with.
Mrs Doran has received a letter of sympathy from the Army Council.
Dundee Courier 27th April 1915
Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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