Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Francis/Frank O’Kane

1st/5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Regimental Number 11129
Born: ---- Died: 1916-07-01 Aged: -- Enlisted: ------

Name recorded on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Mr Andrew O’Kane, Wellington Street, Derry. Brother of Andrew O’Kane, 31, St Columb’s Wells, Derry. Brother of Michael O’Kane, 5, High Park Street, Glasgow.

Private Francis O’Kane took part in the Dardanelles, and was wounded on August 15, 1915. Around the end of August 1916, his sister, Mrs O’Donnell, York Street, Waterside, Derry, wife of Quartermaster Sergeant P. O’Donnell, received a letter from Gunner J. McCandless expressing his deep sympathy with her in the loss she had sustained by the death of her brother. Gunner McCandless, in his letter, stated – ‘Your brother was wounded in the advance on the 1st July. He got caught with a machine gun, and was brought in shortly afterwards. Making further inquiries, I now learn, with deep sorrow, that he died. I was speaking to him and Barney Donaghey on the morning of the advance, and I can assure you he was well prepared in regard to his duty to God.’