Ref ID: 7900


Michael Doran.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate relating to Rifleman Michael Doran.

Life Story

Name: Michael Doran.

Service Number: 6589.

Rank: Rifleman.

Battalion: 2nd Battalion.

Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles.

Born: 27th July 1882, Belfast

Died: 16th April 1915.

Address: 3 Lorton Street, Belfast


Michael Doran, son of Michael and Grace Doran, lived with his wife Ellen and Children at 3 Lorton Street, Shankill, Belfast


The 1901 Ireland Census has Michael living at 1 Albert Place, Belfast with his four sisters, Annie, 25 years, occupation, Linen Weavers, Cassie, 23 years, Linen Weavers, Mary J, 20 years, Linen Weavers, Maggie, 16 years. Michaels occupation at this time is given as Groom


The 1911 Ireland Census has Michael living at 49 Balkan Street, Belfast, with his wife, occupation, Spinner Flax Mill, and daughter Catherine, 10 years. Michaels occupation at this time is given as Labourer Store.

Catherine's age however must be wrote wrong within the Census, as indicated below.


Michael had married Ellen Doran, Nee Connolly, within St Peters Roman Catholic Church, Belfast on the 25th November 1906. They had two children, Catherine born 8th July 1907, and Grace born 29th May 1911


Michael joined the Royal Irish Rifles

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 9th of November 1914.

Michael was a Rifleman in 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles when he Died Of Wounds received in action on the 16th April 1915 aged 32 years


Local newspapers stated


It is officially announced that Rifleman M. Doran, 2nd Batt, Royal Irish Rifles, has died of wounds


Michaels Soldiers Effects were left to his widow.

His signed Will stated the following, In the event of my death I leave everything I possess to be equally divided between my wife and two children Ellen Doran, Catherine and Grace Doran 32 Sultan Street, Belfast.

A Pension Application Form shows his widow as claimant.

Dependant Pension Application Forms show both his widow and sister Annie as claimants.


Michael received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914 Star.


He is Remembered at Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery, Belgium.

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