PATRICK JOSEPH BRENNAN

Photograph courtesy of Nicola.

 

Born: 1892, Dublin City, Ireland.

Died: 25th March 1915; age: 23; died at the Ipswich Isolation Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Plumber

Enlistment Details: Location: Stratford, Essex; Date: 5th May 1909; Religion: Roman Catholic.

 

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 57098.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 6th Reserve Battery, 40th Brigade.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War, 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

Grave Reference:

S.3.1.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   King Street South, Mansion House, Dublin.

 

Patrick was 9 years old and living with his parents, sisters, and widowed, maternal grandfather.

John Brennan, 39, a Traveller, born Queen’s County, Ireland.

Julia Brennan (nee Bambrick), 37, born Queen’s County.

Mary Brennan, 4, born Dublin City, Ireland.

Julia Brennan, born Dublin City.

Richard Bambrick, 68, a General Labourer, born Dublin City.

1 general domestic servant.

5 boarders.

The Brennan family were Roman Catholic and could read & write.

 

1911   Shorncliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent.

 

Patrick was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked Gunner for the Royal Field Artillery.

 

On the 17th June 1919, John Brennan, of 343, High Street, Ilford, Essex, applied for the 1914 Star in respect of his late son – Gunner P. J. Brennan.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to John Brennan – father.

 

Family Note from Nicola: –

Re. the 1901 census, his father John is described as a traveller – I think this meant travelling salesman…when the family came over to Ilford, John ran a leather goods shop and reputedly invented the design for the special gloves which tram drivers wore.

 

East Anglian Daily Times – Wednesday, 31st March 1915 – MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICHThe funeral of Gunner Patrick Joseph Brennan, of the 6th Battery, R.F.A., stationed at the Barracks, Ipswich, whose death occurred in hospital on Thursday, 25th March, took place on Tuesday, 30th March at the Ipswich Cemetery, full military honours being accorded to Patrick Brennan, who had been at the Front and had been wounded on two occasions. The funeral cortege assembled at the Isolation Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, the coffin being borne on a gun carriage from the R.F.A. Barracks, drawn by six horses, preceded by the firing party and the Salvation Army Band, which played the “Dead March” in Saul along the route. About 400 of the rank-and-file of the R.F.A. were in attendance, among the officers present being Major Darley, the officer commanding the 6th Battery, R.F.A., Captain Walford, Lieutenants Kempster, Hartingan, Robertson, Hodgson-Wilson, Misquitch, and Packham; the members of deceased’s family present being his mother, sister and cousins, Messrs. John Martin, and Edward Brennan. The coffin of polished elm, with black fittings, bore on the breastplate: – “Patrick Brennan, died March 25th, 1915, aged 23 years.” On arrival at the graveside, the cortege was met by Father Duane, of St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church, who conducted the committal service, assisted by Father Donovan and three acolytes. After the reading of the service the usual three volleys were fired over the grave, the buglers then sounding the “Last Post.” Wreaths were sent by Joseph Donal and Fred. Officers of the 6th Battery, officers, N.C.O.’s and men of the 6th Battery, Mr. and Mrs. Hyett, Mr. Charles, and Staff of the Cinema de Luxe, High Street, Ilford, East London.

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