Hennessy MM, James (No. 65440)

Hennessy, James

Military Medal

Regimental Sergeant Major

No. 65440, 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Killed in action on Tuesday 27 August 1918 (aged 38)

Buried:

Wancourt British Cemetery, France (Grave III. B. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

First Bangor Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

James Hennessy was born in Ballyverrigan, Youghal, Co Cork on 26 December 1879 (he declared 27 March 1880 at attestation) and he was a son of Patrick (Pat) and Mary Hennessy (nee Foley) who were married on 13 February 1877 in Ballymacoda Roman Catholic Church, Yougal.  Pat Hennessy was a son of James Hennessy, a boatman.  Mary Foley was a daughter of Maurice Foley, a labourer.

Patrick Hennessy worked as a boatman.

James Hennessy served for eight years in the Irish Guards and four in the Reserve before he went to Canada.

In Canada, James Hennessy worked as a floor walker in Goodwin’s Department Store and he and his wife, Martha McCracken Hennessy, lived at 563 Aylmer Street, Montreal.

James Hennessy enlisted in Montreal on 27 January 1915 and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 6 feet 3½ inches tall with a clear complexion, blue eyes and fair hair.  The tip of the ring finger on his left hand was missing.  He went to France in September 1915 and was wounded several times.  He also suffered from scabies and pediculosis (lice infestation).  James Hennessy was awarded the Military Medal ‘for bravery in the field’ and he came home to Bangor on leave in November 1917.  His wife Martha was living at 6 Donaghadee Road, Bangor.

Regimental Sergeant Major James Hennessey was 38 when he was killed in action on 27 August 1918 during the Allied offensive against all sections of the German line and his death was reported in the 14 September 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Bangor Warrant Officer Killed.

Regimental Sergeant Major James Hennessey is commemorated on the Memorial Window in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.