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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Connolly (or Conolly), John Henry


2nd Lieutenant John Henry Connolly (or Conolly)

was born in 1897.

He was the eldest son of John Matthew Conolly and Ellen J Conolly of Cranagh Hill, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.  

In 1901 the family are living in house 4, Castletoodry, Bannbrook, Co. Londonderry.  By 1911 the property is known as house 8, Castletoodry, Bannbrook, Co. Londonderry. 

He was known as Harry and was educated at Coleraine Acedemical Institution

In 1913, Conolly joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in Central branch.



Belfast Banking Company, Central branch 
(to left of small buildings)


Conolly was a member of Queens’ University, Belfast, Officer Training Corps (OTC) in 1915.  Conolly volunteered and enlisted into the 6th Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He was later attached to the 11th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action (died of wounds – gas) on 1st September 1916. 

The Belfast News Letter of 5th September 1916 reports:


He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery extension (Nord).  Conolly is mentioned in ‘Coleraine Hero’s 1914 - 1918’ by Robert Thompson, Coleraine, published privately, 2004. 

The family surname is spelt Connolly on the War Memorial.

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