No. 18201, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 592718, Labour Corps
Died in service on Sunday 10 November 1918 (aged 23)
Aghalee Cemetery, Co. Antrim (Grave near the North-East boundary)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)
Henry McCann was born on 10 March 1895 in Poleglass, Derriaghy and he was a son of John William and Isabella (Bella) McCann (nee Thompson) who were married on 2 June 1894 in Drumbeg Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Patrick’s). William McCann from Barber’s Row, Dunmurry was a son of Henry McCann, a labourer. Isabella Thompson, a domestic servant from Barber’s Row, Dunmurry was a daughter of Jeremiah Thompson, a labourer.
The McCann family lived in Poleglass; Dunmurry; Craigavad; Eversleigh Street, Belfast and Glenmachan Road, Belfast.
John William McCann Senior worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Isabella had eight children including:
Henry (born 10 March 1895 in Poleglass, Derriaghy)
John William (born 25 July 1898 in Dunmurry, Drumbeg)
Thompson (born 26 September 1899 in Dunmurry, Drumbeg)
Robert James (born 21 March 1902 in Dunmurry, Drumbeg)
Mary Ellen (born 14 August 1903 in Craigavad)
Jeremiah (born 19 April 1905 in Craigavad)
Thomas (born 22 February 1907 at 12 Eversleigh Street, Belfast)
Mary Ellen and Jeremiah McCann were baptised in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity) Craigavad.
Henry McCann enlisted in Holywood, he served as a Rifleman with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division before being transferred to the Labour Corps and he was 23 when he died in service on 10 November 1918.
Rifleman Henry McCann (No. 592718) was buried in Aghalee Cemetery, Co. Antrim and he is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).