Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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20/12/2018 Sergeant Hayes on Wednesday arrested in Cookstown two local members of the 3rd Inniskillings named William Rooney and Frank Donaghy; while Constable Donegan arrested John Bradley of the same battalion. The trio were charged before Mr Henry Alfred Mann. J.P., on Thursday with being absentees from their battalion in Derry. They were remanded pending the arrival of an escort, which came for them on Thursday. The escort was in charge of Sergeant Major Rundle, formerly recruiting officer in Cookstown, whom many friends were pleased to see looking in the pink of condition. A remarkable fact regarding the three accused soldiers is that they broke bounds in Derry on Saturday night and walked all the way to Cookstown via Dungiven and over the mountains. This performance does credit to their marching ability whatever may be said amongst them otherwise.
20/12/2018 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 27th November 1915: Soldiers Arrested in Cookstown
25/08/2017 Known family: Francis Donaghy, Rachael Donaghy, Patrick Donaghy (born 8th March 1891), Francis Donaghy (born 18th January 1893), John Henry Donaghy (born about 1895).
25/08/2017 Francis Donaghy was the son of Francis and Rachael Donaghy. Francis Donaghy and Rachael Mulholland were married on 11th May 1888 in Cookstown.
25/08/2017 Francisí mother died on 20th January 1903, when he was just ten years old.
30/12/2015 For a time before the outbreak of the war, Francis had worked as a barman in the Railway Bar in Cookstown.
30/12/2015 Francis Donaghy (junior) was born on 18th January 1893 in Cookstown.
30/12/2015 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 12th August 1916:
30/12/2015 Private Frank Donaghey, officially reported missing, was a native of Coagh Street, and joined the Irish Brigade on 15th July 1915. He was previously a barman in the Railway Bar, Cookstown.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Francis as age 8 living with the family at house 27 in Coagh Street, Cookstown. His father was a labourer.
30/12/2015 The 1911 census shows that his father had remarried about 1903. The family still lived in Coagh Street. Eighteen year old Francis and his father both were employed as labourers.
30/12/2015 Frank Donaghy enlisted in Cookstown on 15th July 1915.
30/12/2015 Private Francis Donaghy and was killed in action near Thiepval on the first day of the Somme Offensive on 1st July 1916. Private Donaghy was initially listed as missing. He was 23 years old.
30/12/2015 Private Francis Donaghy has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 4D-5B on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, France.
30/12/2015 Private Francis Donaghy is also commemorated on Cookstown Cenotaph.
30/12/2015 Francis Donaghey (senior) married Sarah McKeown on 17th August 1903 in Cookstown.
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