- Born on the 17 August 1892 at
Coopers House, Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois.
- The son
of Mark Brennan (1841-1902) and
Catherine (Kate) Lalor (1859-1893).
In the photograph above John Brennan, which
we believe was taken in France c1918, appears to be
wearing the cap badge of Royal Irish Rifles. We can also see
that he has on his left forearm two 'Wounded in Action' stripes.
He also has three chevrons on the lower right forearm which
indicate 'Overseas Service Stripes' These were first awarded in
1918 they were back dated to 1914 and could be worn in
combination with Good Conduct Stripes, and were not limited to
junior ranks. One Blue Chevron was worn for each year’s service
overseas, with a Red Chevron indicating that the soldier went
overseas before 31st December 1914.
It has also been noted that he may have been
attached to HQ, the arm band does give an indication to this. As
a clear 'H' can be seen. As for the Triangle still no
identification of its meaning can be found:
Personal notes on John Brennan:
- He appears in the 1901
census for Ireland and it suggests that he was age 7 at the time (which
meant he was born in 1894). Birth Certificate states he
was born 16th August 1892. He was only 5 months old when his
mother died in Jan 1893 so he would have been brought up by
his sister Hannah who was the eldest girl in the family aged 18
years old at the time.
- His Father died in
1902 when John was only 10 years old.
- In 1914 at the age
of 22 years he joined the
British Army. It is reputed that
he went to France during the First World War where he was
'wounded in action'.
This man is proving very difficult to find. So far all
the John Brennan's that we have looked at, none of them
state that they came form this particular part of County
Laois which leads us to believe he may not have been living
in Laois when he joined the Army. Also, his mother and
father were both dead at the time he joined the army in 1914
so its assumed that he didn't give them as his NoK.
could have been in one of two places which was either Dublin
(his sister's Hannah and Christina were both there at this
time), or, he went with his brother Martin to Belfast. We
don't know what year Martin went to Belfast so this is only
All local postal addresses used in Ballickmoyler was Carlow and not Laois in
there addresses so he may
have used Carlow as his birth place, again this is only an
assumption for example: Mr. John Brennan, Ballickmoyler.
(John Brennan is my
Great Uncle (Michael Brennan))
service number and record has yet to be corroborated with documented evidence)
I would love to hear from anyone who might have
any information on this mans family:
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