Waugh, John Brennan (No. 648945)

Waugh, John Brennan (John)


No. 648945, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, Central Ontario Regiment

Died of bronchitis on Tuesday 28 September 1920 (aged 34)


Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co Down (Grave 4. 155)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour


John Brennan Waugh was born on 15 August 1886 in the townland of Mountstewart, Greyabbey, Newtownards and he was a son of Elizabeth Jane Waugh (aged 17).  At attestation he stated 10 July 1887 as his date of birth.

Elizabeth Jane Waugh was born on 23 January 1869 in Mountstewart and she was a daughter of Samuel and Eleanor Jane Waugh (nee Johnston).  Samuel Waugh was an agricultural labourer.

After leaving school, John Brennan Waugh moved to Canada where he lived in Notre Dame Street, Sudbury, Ontario and worked as a druggist.  He was 19 when he enlisted on 16 February 1916 at Frood, Sudbury and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair and that he had served in the Canadian Militia.

John cited as his next-of-kin his mother who, at that time, was living in Ravenhill Road, Belfast.  Before that, she had lived at 81 High Street, Belfast.

After John Waugh was discharged from the Army he returned to Ireland and lived at 20 Sunnyside Street, Belfast.  He died of bronchitis in the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital, Botanic Avenue, Belfast on 28 September 1920.  In Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his date of death is 29 September 1920.

Private John Brennan Waugh was buried in Movilla Old Cemetery Newtownards and he is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM); in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance (Page 554) and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 652).