1. We are not 100% certain the man in these photos is Anthony. But we have clearly identified photos of all of the other McDonagh brothers so, by process of elimination, we believe this brother must be Anthony.
2. We do not have records of Anthony's military career. Based on the photo from Punjab, military uniform enthusiasts have presented the insights that follow. *
3. Would love to get more information on Anthony's wife, Ellen Carney from Elgin, on their son Nicholas who was born in 1914 and on Anthony's death which must have been some time before 1949 (as he did not accompany his wife and son to his brother's funeral.)
* "a soldier from the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who were in India from 1888 until 1899, when they departed for South Africa. He wears an India pattern frock and is dressed for walking out with a regimental swagger stick, but unusually has his full dress white helmet fitted with review order spike and badge. It seems likely to be around 1898, just one year after the Tirah campaign and when the battalion was at Chakrata. He seems to be wearing the India General Service medal with TIRAH clasp, and it’s probable that it’s display was the purpose of this portrait photo.
The battalion had had a long association with India, having been titled before it’s 1881 merger with the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment, as the 108th (Madras) Regiment of Foot. Before 1858 it had been the 3rd European (Madras) Regiment of the Honourable East India Company.
He is a trained marksman, which gave him a penny extra per diem, and has a single good conduct badge (an inverted cuff stripe) indicating 2-years of blemish free regular service towards pension. Inserted in the front of his frock (jacket) is a pocket watch whose chain and T-bar fob you can clearly see."