Major Francis William Joseph MacDonnell

Regiment: 14th (Reserve) Batt. West Yorkshire Regiment
Attached: 9th Batt. West Yorkshire Regiment
Date published: 28/01/1916
Killed in action: Yes
Date of death: 04/12/1915
Cemetery: Addolorata Cemetery, Malta, Malta
Plot: E. EA. A. 682.
Information: Major F.W.J. McDonnell, 14th (Reserve) Batt., attached 9th Batt., West Yorkshire Regiment, who died in hospital at Malta from dysentery contracted at Gallipoli, formerly held the rank of Captain in the 3rd Batt. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and was gazetted Captain in the Reserve of Officers. In November, 1914, he was posted to the 12th Batt. of the West Yorks, with the rank of Major, and in July he went to the 14th Batt., being subsequently attached to the 9th Batt. for service with the Mediterranean Expedition. Before the present war Major MacDonnell saw active service in South Africa (1901-2), taking part in operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, for his services in which he received the Queen's Medal with four clasps. Major MacDonnell was the son of Mr. Francis MacDonnell, of Dunfirth, and a grandson of Sir Francis MacDonnell, of Dunfirth, Enfield, Co. Kildare, and married, in 1898, Teresa, daughter of Sir John Lawson, Brough Hall, Yorkshire.