|Regiment/Unit:||Royal Irish Regiment, 5th Battalion|
|Date of Death:||15-04-1917|
|Cause:||Drowned, SS Arcadian, Milos, Greece|
|Memorial:||Struma Military Cemetery, Greece|
James enlisted in Longford and entered the war in Gallipoli in July 1915, and served at Salonika in Greece. He died on the SS Arcadian disaster, when the troopship left Thessaloniki with 1335 troops from Salonika on board, bound for Alexandria in Egypt and onwards to France. The ship was torpedoed near the island of Milos by German submarine SM UC-74 killing 279 people on board, including James and another member of his regiment, Samuel Percy from Cloughjordan.
|Notes:||McDonagh's heir was an Annie Heany, possibly a sister. He is likely the son of John McDonagh and Maria (née Quinn), born 20 March 1885 https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1885/02656/1979382.pdf *No record of a hospital ship being torpedoed in that location was found during research.|