John Colligan was born in 1852 in the parish of Arden, Tullamore, Kings County, Ireland.
A labourer by trade , he enlisted into the 88th at Dublin on the 12th June 1871 aged 19. Described on attesting as being 5'5" tall, grey eyes, fresh complexion and brown hair. Distinctive scar to lower jaw.
John Colligan served with the colours for just over 19 years.
UK : 1871 - 1877
Cape SA : 1877 - 1880
UK : 1880 - 1890
Pte Colligan appeared before a medical board at Aldershot 27th Sept 1889 and was recommended for discharge. He suffered severe medical problems . Lupus.
He was allowed to serve out his time for pension and was finally discharged 22nd Oct 1890. During his service he earned 4 good conduct badges but also in detention on four occasions for awol.