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Name: John William BRENNAN
Casualty No.: Ranks: Able Seaman Initials: J W Service No.: Tyneside Z/14458
Date of Birth : 18/03/1897 Place of Birth : Age at Death: 19
Unit: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Hawke Bn. Royal Naval Division.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 8 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Stargate Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 13th November 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St. Mary and St Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Roll of Honour, Stella, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (the son of a club member).
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 4
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Michael and Jane Brennan, of 8 Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: Michael, born, November 1901. Sisters: Winifred Alice, born, 13th September 1895. Jane (Jenny) Wilson, born, 24th June 1899. Alice, born, 19th February 1903. Annie Isobel, born, 9th July 1905. Hilda, born, August, 1909. Mary (Molly) born, 6th May 1911, and Agnes, born, 6th December 1912.
Notes : John enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at Newcastle upon Tyne, 14th May, 1915. He trained at Crystal Palace and Blandford, Dorset, (trained bomb thrower) prior to serving in the Gallipoli campaign. He was admitted to the Hospital Ship 'Lanfranc' 11th December 1915 with bomb wounds to both legs. He was then transferred and admitted to the 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt, 15th December, 1915. He was transferred to the Convalescent Camp, Glymenopoulo, 30th December 1916. He was discharged to Mustapha, 1st January, 1916, and then embarked on HMS Mars for Alexandria, 22nd January 1916. He rejoined Hawke Bn in February 1916 and sailed for France on the Troopship 'Franconia', 18th May 1916. He disembarked at Marseilles, France, 23rd May 1916. John was reported as wounded and missing in action. John's workmate, also from Stargate Colliery, Willie Arscott, died of wounds 29th November 1916 whilst serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Information from family members Geraldine Sharkey, and Agnes Rickleton.
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