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An Chluain
Cloone is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°56′47″N 7°47′08″W / 53.946411°N 7.785514°W / 53.946411; -7.785514Coordinates: 53°56′47″N 7°47′08″W / 53.946411°N 7.785514°W / 53.946411; -7.785514
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Leitrim
Elevation 82 m (269 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Urban 600
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Cloone (Irish: An Chluain) is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is located in the south of the county, just off the R201 regional road; its nearest town is Mohill. Its name is an Anglicised version of the Irish-language word cluain, meaning meadow.


St. James's Church Tower[edit]

The bell tower of St James's Church of Ireland, Cloone, County Leitrim.

The bell tower of St James's Church of Ireland is all that is left of a building that was erected by the Board of First Fruits in 1822. The tower was restored in the mid-1990s and a clock installed, which was manufactured by Samuel Elliott of Dublin. It is a local landmark from which some of the finest angling waters in the area can be seen off the Cloone to Ballinamore Road.

World War I (1914-1918) casualties from Cloone[edit]

A total of eleven men[1] from Cloone Village and the surrounding area are known to have died whilst on active service during the Great War (1914–1918), having given the locality as their place of birth or permanent domicile at the time of their enlistment.

Those bodies recovered and identified were interred in various military cemeteries administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium (La Laiterie Military Cemetery), France (Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Cuinchy Communal Cemetery, Philosophe British Cemetery & Savy British Cemetery), Israel (Beersheba War Cemetery) and Turkey (Lala Baba Cemetery). However, those men who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme with no known graves have their names recorded on the 'Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme' in France.

Regiment, rank, name, place and date of death[edit]

The headstone of Private Michael Canning, Leinster Regiment, La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Belgium
The headstone of Private John Doyle, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel

Royal Irish Rifles. 1st Battalion.
Rfn. Bohan, Joseph[2]
Died: Somme, 1 July 1916 (or 16 July 1916).
(Memorial: Thiepval Memorial[3])

Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). 7th Battalion.
Pte. Canning, Michael[4]
Died: Flanders, 7 June 1917.
(Interred: La Laiterie Military Cemetery[5])

Irish Guards. 1st Battalion.
Gdsm. Connolly, John[6]
Died: France, 6 February 1915.
(Interred: Cuinchy Communal Cemetery[7])

Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 25th Battalion.
Fus. Doyle, John[8]
Died: Egypt, 31 October 1917.
(Interred: Beersheba War Cemetery[9])

Connaught Rangers. 6th Battalion.
Pte. Foy, Harry[10]
Died: France, 6 April 1916.
(Interred: Philosophe British Cemetery[11])

Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers). 7th Battalion.
Act. Corp. Johnston, Edward J.[12]
Died: Somme, 5 September 1916.
(Memorial: Thiepval Memorial[13])

King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). 1st/4th Battalion.
Pte. Keegan, Francis[14]
Died: Somme, 8 July 1916.
(Memorial: Thiepval Memorial[15])

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 8th Battalion.
Act. Sgt. Mc Dowell, Robert J.[16]
Died: Somme, 9 September 1916.
(Memorial: Thiepval Memorial[17])

Lancashire Fusiliers. 9th Battalion.
Sgt. Mc Kiernan, Frank[18]
Died: Gallipoli, 17 August 1915.
(Interred: Lala Baba Cemetery[19])

Royal Irish Rifles. 2nd Battalion.
Lance. Corp. Mc Loughlin, Peter[20]
Died: France, 24 March 1918.
(Interred: Savy British Cemetery[21])

Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). 2nd Battalion.
Pte. Murphy, Michael[22]
Died: France, 16 April 1915.
(Interred: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery[23])

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ *Leitrim Observer - ‘Remembering the forgotten fallen of Cloone’
  2. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 1, p. 171
  3. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Bohan, Joseph
  4. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 1, p. 365
  5. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Canning, Michael
  6. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 2, p. 123
  7. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Connolly, John (incorrect battalion stated)
  8. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 3, p. 15
  9. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Doyle, John
  10. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 3, p. 217
  11. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Foy, Harry
  12. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 4, p. 271
  13. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Johnston, Edward J.
  14. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 4, p. 324 (incorrect regiment stated)
  15. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Keegan, Francis
  16. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 5, p. 361
  17. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - McDowell, Robert J.
  18. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 6, p. 62
  19. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - McKiernan, Frank
  20. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 6, p. 77
  21. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - McLoughlin, Peter
  22. ^ Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 - 1918, Vol. 6, p. 268
  23. ^ *Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Murphy, Michael

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