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 Mount Stewart, Greyabbey, Newtownards and he was a son of Elizabeth Jane Waugh (then aged 17).  At attestation he stated 10 July 1887 as his date of birth.

Elizabeth Jane Waugh was born on 23 January 1869 in Mount Stewart 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, Ontario 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 Brennan Waugh cited as his next-of-kin his mother who, at that time, was living at 29 Rochester Street, off Ravenhill Road, Belfast.  Before that, she had lived at 81 High Street, Belfast.

Private John Brennan Waugh (No. 648945) arrived in England aboard the SS Empress of Britain on 11 November 1916 and went to France in March 1917.

Private John Brennan Waugh (No. 648945) sustained mustard gas poisoning and severe burns in September 1917 in France and was admitted to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen.  He was transferred to Bath War Hospital in England and then to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood, Wokingham before being discharged to light duties on 11 December 1917.  He was admitted to hospital again in November 1918 with influenza and in July 1919 with bronchitis.

After John Waugh was discharged from the Army on 15 August 1919 at No. 2 Canadian Discharge Depot in London, he went to Belfast to see his mother who was unwell and then he applied for repatriation to Canada.

John Waugh lived at 20 Sunnyside Street, Belfast and he died of bronchitis in the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital, Botanic Avenue, Belfast on 28 September 1920.  In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Website his date of death is recorded as 29 September 1920.

Private John Brennan Waugh (No. 648945) 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).