Private Daniel Donoghue

Private Daniel Donoghue,  1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action on the fourth day of the German March Offensive ( Operation Michael ) on 24th March 1918, aged 28, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Donoghue, Gunsgreen, Ayton and was their third son to have fallen in battle. The Battalion faced great odds and was forced back until Hebuterne was reached and a reorganisation could take place. During this period 21st March – 26th March the Battalion had casualties of 23 Officers and 627 Other Ranks from a total strength of 39 Officers and 941 Other Ranks. The colour photograph shows the Memorial raised to commemorate the 51st ( Highland ) Division of which the Battalion was part. The Memorial was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme  overlooking ” Y” Ravine which was taken when the Division stormed and captured the very strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel on 13th November 1916. A plaque in Gaelic on the Memorial reads ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “. The other photos show Allied troops preparing to resist the German advances.

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