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   Sergeant James Donnelly
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 42 Field Coy, 165th Infantry Regiment (United States Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/11/1894
Died: 15/11/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
James was the son of Michael and Catherine Donnelly (nee Mooney). James was born James Donnelly was born on 22 November 1894 in County Tyrone. For a few years the family ran a public house and grocery shop in Drumullan (known today as the Sit & Sip) but by 1911 they had returned to the family farm in Drumaney. In 1914, he sailed from Derry on 14 April 1914, bound for Newark, New Jersey. When the United States entered the war in April 1917, James Donnelly was eligible for conscription, and when the 42nd (Rainbow) Division was activated in August 1917, he was drafted to Company B of the 165th Infantry Regiment (better known as the 69th New York. Sergeant James Donnelly was killed in action a week shy of his 24th birthday on 15th Octboer 1918. He is buried Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
  Romagne, Meuse, 4
Grave Ref: Grave B-33-1
CWGC Casualty -1
Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of US military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge. A beautiful bronze screen separates the chapel foyer from the interior, which is decorated with stained-glass windows portraying American unit insignia; behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
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1 1911 Census lists Donnelly family Lists James as age 17 living with the family at house 1 in Drumenny Stewart, Munterevlin, Tyrone
2 American Battle Death Details of Sergeant James Donnelly
3 American Battle Monuments Commission Person's military / burial details can be searched for
4 Ardboe Heritage List detailed information of James including photos
5 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
6 Photo of James Donnelly's gravestone
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023