Remembering the life of a Donegal man on the eve of the anniversary of WWI

HMS Amphion pictured in 1911

HMS Amphion pictured in 1911


On the eve of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the Donegal Democrat documents the life of one Moville man who was one of the first Ulster men to lose his life as a result of the war.

The casualties were members of the HMS Amphion’s crew: it was the first Royal Navy vessel destroyed in the war.

William Clarke came from a family of seven brothers who lived in Drumaweir in 1901 with their mother Elizabeth and their father, John.

By 1911, William had left Donegal, while five of the brothers remained. He served on around fourteen ships from 1905 before taking up his post on the Amphion.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Donegal Democrat.




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