6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers,
Killed in Action, 10th August 1915,
At Gallipoli, Aged 22
Lieutenant John Joseph Doyle, 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 7th August 1915. He was the 4th son of Joseph James Doyle. of Fairview,Clontarf. He was born in March 1893.
John was educated at Blackrock College, Dublin. and the National University of Ireland, where he was an engineering student and was within a year of being qualified. When war broke out he volunteered, joined the Trinity College (Dublin) O.T.C.,(Officer Training Corps), 6 Aug. 1914, and was given a 2nd Lieut ‘s commission in the Dublin Fusiliers on 19 Sept. following, and promoted Lieut., 5 Feb. 1915.
He left with his Regiment for the Dardanelles on 9 July, 1915, and was killed in action there, 10 Aug. 1915.
His Commanding Officer, Col. P. Cox, wrote : ” He fell early on the morning of the 10th when most gallantly leading his platoon. His death must have been instantaneous, as the poor boy was shot through the temple. His death is a great loss to me and the Regiment. He was a right good boy, who was always keen, always did his very best, loved his work, and had no idea what the word ‘ Fear ‘ meant. Your son and his young brother subalterns have done splendid work for the Regiment., and it is due to their great devotion to duty that the Regiment has done so well.” Lieut. Doyle was a well-known footballer. His two brothers, Capt. E. C. Doyle A VC and Lieut. F. H. Doyle, A.V.C., are on active service. (Lt F H Doyle died 12/10/1916)
John has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial to the missing of Gallipoli.