Francis McQuillan
3692 Serjt. F. McQuillan, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Queen’s South Africa Medal clasps Talana, Orange Free State, Transvaal (Cpl.); King’s South Africa
Medal clasps South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (Serjt.).
Taken prisoner Nicholson’s Nek 30 October 1899.

With 18 photocopy pages of service papers,
including a photocopy of death certificate,
photocopies of the medal roll pages and a photocopy
of his entry in David Biggins’s book ‘Talana’. Francis
McQuillan enlisted 6 October 1890 at Monaghan
aged 19. Born Clones. Occupation labourer.
Promoted corporal 16 July 1898 and serjeant 21
March 1900. Although he is not shown in the
casualty roll his entry in ‘Talana’ confirms he was
taken prisoner at Nicholson’s Nek.

Discharged on termination of his 2nd period of
engagement 5 November 1911. Re-enlisted as
sergeant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers 24 July 1915
at Belfast aged 43. Served in 7th and 4th
Battalions before being transferred to 4th
Battalion Royal Irish Regiment 24 March 1917.
Charged with neglect of duty while CQMS 10
August 1918 and reprimanded. His character is
shown as very good. Transferred to Labour Corps 8
October 1918. Demobilised 19 March 1919 at
Nottingham with a disability pension of 16/3 plus
5/10 for two children per week.

Character good. Served only in the UK so not
entitled to any WW1 medals. Died of carcinoma of
the stomach 21 August 1949 at Clonagun,
Newtownbutler. Served in ‘E’ Company, 1st Battalion
in South Africa. Despite his 21 years service there
is no indication of a Long Service & Good Conduct
Medal having been issued.