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Daniel Durrigan / Dorrigan / Durigan

Rank: Private / Guardsman
Townland: Magheraveen
Town/Village: Lanesborough
Civil Parish: Rathcline
Catholic Parish: Rathcline
Alternative Address: Jarrow-on-Tyne, Co. Durham (now Tyne-on-Wear), England
Census 1901: Residing at Magheraveen
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards
Regiment Number: 3468
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived WW1

Daniel was born in Magheraveen, Lanesborough, in January 1887. Prior to war he was serving as a police constable in Jarrow-on-Tyne in England.

Pte Durrigan enlisted when war broke out and arrived in France on the 13 August 1914, suggesting that he was previously a soldier and had been in the Reserves. Durrigan saw action at the Battle of Mons, but was then severely wounded at Villers-Cotterêts (sometimes written Villercotter or Villers Cotter) and taken as a prisoner-of-war. He was then retaken by the French and returned to Britain in January 1915 and later to Ireland to recuperate, (see link below). He earned the 1914 (Mons) Star, and Silver War Badge, as well as the Victory Medal and British War Medal. 

In an article in the Longford Leader on the 4 September 1915, a photograph of Durrigan was published with the caption:

Wounded Lanesboro' Man - Daniel Durrigan, formerly a Jarrow-upon-Tyne policeman, enlisted in the Irish Guards at the outbreak of the war. Wounded at Mons, captured by the Germans, recaptured by French and now permanently invalided.

The same edition gave further detail on his service and injury in an article titled Irish Guardsman Home. 

Parents Names: Son of William Dorrigan (Durrigan) and Margaret (née Skelly), Magheraveen, Lanesborough.
Notes: Grandson of Charles Durrigan. Daniel's record is not available to view, either by virtue of being destroyed during WW2, or he renlisted and remained in the Army after 1920, whereby his records are maintained by the British Army in Scotland.

Link to Civil Record of birthLongford Leader, March 1915, A Guardsman HomeLongford Leader, Sept 1915, Wounded Lanesboro' Man; Longford Leader, Sept 1915, Irish Guardsman Home; possible Red Cross POW file

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