McCann, John William (No. 17/611)

McCann, John William (William)


No. 17/611, ‘C’ Company, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Friday 23 November 1917 (aged 19)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cambrai Memorial, France (Panel 10)

Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)

Brother of Rifleman Henry McCann (No. 592718)


John William McCann was born on 25 July 1898 in Dunmurry 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.

John William McCann enlisted in Belfast , he served as a Rifleman with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 19 when he was killed in action on 23 November 1917.

Rifleman John William McCann (No. 17/611) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial in France and in Glencraig Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).