Private (25044), 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Our paternal grandfather, Patrick Canavan, enlisted into the 15th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers in 1915 in Salford, Lancashire. The battalion fought in the Battle of the Somme, which commenced on 1st July 1916. Our grandfather was killed in action on that date, at the age of 43. He is buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France. Patrick Canavan was a native of Cellar, Rosmuc, Co Galway. He was married to Bridget Canavan (née Canavan) and they had 3 daughters (Mary, Sadie and Agnes) and 2 sons (Thomas and William), All of whom are now deceased. Our father, William, who was born in December 1909, was the youngest of the family – he died in 1981.
Our father told us that, as a six year old child, he remembered a telegram arriving at his house conveying news of his father’s death. Needless to say this had a devastating effect on the young widow with five children. Our father carried on the family military tradition and was commissioned into the Irish Army in 1934.
Anne Marie Morley (née Canavan) & Frank Canavan, 2009.