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Francis Faughnan

Rank: Private
Townland: Briskill Beg
Town/Village: Newtownforbes
Civil Parish: Clonguish
Catholic Parish: Clonguish
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Scots, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 2972
Date of Death: 17-11-1914
Cause: Killed in action, Messines
Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium

Francis was born 9 October 1883 in Briskill Beg, near Newtownforbes. Francis was educated at Cloonteagh National school and later in life emigrated to Scotland and enlisted with the Royal Scots in Edinburgh in August 1914.

Francis and his brother were both mentioned in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. Francis's entry reads:

'Private, No.2927, 2st Battn. The Royal Scots, son of John Faughnan of Briskillbeg, Farmer, by his wife Ellen dan. of Patrick McAvey; b. Briskillbeg, Newtownforbes, co. Longford ; educated at Cloonteagh National School, Newtownforbes ; enlisted on the outbreak of war, and was killed in action on the Western front, 17 Nov 1915.'

Pte. Faughnan was killed in action aged 28 years. Francis was a brother of Patrick Faughnan (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) who was also killed in action. Both had their elder brother John, who lived at the family home in Briskill, as their next-of-kin.

Parents Names: Son of John Faughnan and Ellen (née McVey) of Briskill Beg, Newtownforbes.
Notes: The initial enlistment form contained the surname 'Falconer', but it was amended to Faughnan. The original estimated birth year was 1888, rather than 1883.

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