John Thomas Duggan (1895–1916)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 32128 16th Battalion

John was born in 1895 at Radnor, Wales to a Water Board civil engineer – John Duggan and his wife Sarah. In 1911 John was still in Radnor working as a cowman, but his parents were in Crich. He moved to Crich where he worked at Dawbarn’s steam joinery works at Whatstandwell. Before the war his parents had moved to Little Eaton. Enlisting in 1915, he served with the 16th Foresters and was killed by a sniper on 23 June 1916. He is buried at the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, France and is named on the war memorial at Little Eaton.

Newspaper report
[Note that there are reporting errors in the newspaper obituary; the name should be John not William Duggan.]

Derbyshire Times, 8 July 1916
Friends of Mr and Mrs J. Duggan, late of Crich, will be sorry to hear of the death at the Front of their only son William, who was shot through the head by a German sniper on the night of June 22nd. The sad news was conveyed to Mrs Jno Taylor, of "The Fields" Crich on Saturday. He was 23 years of age and enlisted the Army almost a year ago, having previously been employed at Messrs Yelverton Dawbarns joinery works, Whatstandwell. Mr Duggan, whilst at Crich, held the position of valve inspector for the Derwent Valley Water Board, afterwards removing to Little Eaton where he is still serving the above Company in the same capacity

Medal Roll Index
Awarded Victory and British War Medals.

Little Eaton War Memorial

Photo Roy Branson

Little Eaton war memorial plaque

John Duggan's name recorded on the WW1 memorial plaque

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials J. T.
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 16th Bn.
Date of Death 23/06/1916
Service No 32128
Additonal information Son of John and Sarah Duggan, of Meter House Cottage, Breadsall, Derby.
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference III. H. 7.

War Graves Certificate for John Duggan

WW1 headstone for John Duggan

32128 Private J.T. Duggan
Notts & Derby Regiment
23rd June 1916

Soldiers' Effects Book
John Duggan; 16th Notts & Derbys Regt; Private 32128; killed in action 23.6.16; War Gratuity £3; paid out to:
6.9.16 mother Sarah £2 2s 3d
10.9.19 mother Sarah £3 0d 0d


1901: Wigmore, Hereford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Duggan Head 33 Civil Engineer Knighton
Sarah Duggan wife 31   Aston on Clun
Helen Duggan daughter 6   Aston on Clun
John T Duggan son 5   Dolan

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1911: Radnor

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Duggan servant 17 Cow man on farm Radnor

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1911: The Fields, Crich (John's parents in Crich)

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bown Taylor Head 49 Joiner & Builder Crich
Mary Ann Taylor wife 47   Crich
James Tread Taylor son 19 Labourer Crich
John Arthur Taylor son 14 Door sandpapering Crich
Martha E Taylor daughter 11 At school Crich
William Taylor son 9 At school Crich
Elizabeth Taylor daughter 3    
John Duggan visitor 44 Water Board Clerk Knighton
Sarah Duggan visitor 42   Newcastle, Salop

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[With thanks to Nivard Ovington]