McDonnell, John (No. 827085)

McDonnell, John

Private

No. 827085, 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Killed on active service on Wednesday 15 August 1917 (aged 34)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vimy Memorial, France

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Kamloops War Memorial, British Columbia, Canada

BIOGRAPHY

On the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Private John McDonnell (No. 827085) was a son of Daniel McDonnell of Ballycastle, Co Antrim and of Annie McDonnell (nee Patterson) of Kircubbin, Co Down.

At attestation John McDonnell declared that he was born on 2 February 1882 in Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

John McDonnell was born on 4 February 1883 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle, Co Antrim and he was a son of Daniel and Annie McDonnell (nee Patterson).  Daniel McDonnell worked as a stonemason.

Daniel and Annie McDonnell (nee Patterson) had at least six children:

John (born 4 February 1883 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

Archibald (born 25 July 1884 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

Annie Theresa (born 25 April 1886 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

Daniel (born 16 February 1888 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

Alan Thomas (born 19 January 1890 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

William Patrick (born 22 April 1892 in Ballyreagh Upper, Ballycastle)

The McDonnell family moved to Canada where they lived in Pleasant Street, Kamloops, British Columbia.

In Canada, John McDonnell worked as a rancher and he enlisted in Kamloops on 31 October 1916.  He cited his mother Annie as his next of kin and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 10½ inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  For his religious denomination he declared Roman Catholic.

Private John McDonnell (No. 827085) sailed from Halifax on 13 December 1916 aboard the SS Olympic and he disembarked in England on 26 December 1916.  He made his will on 23 April 1917 and in it he bequeathed everything to his mother Annie who was living in Kamloops.

Private John McDonnell (No. 827085) went to France in May 1917 and served with the 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment); he was 34 when he was killed in action on 15 August 1917.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France and on the Kamloops War Memorial, British Columbia, Canada.