Ennis, Andrew (No. 7013181)

Ennis, Andrew

Corporal

No. 7013181, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps

Died in a motor accident on Thursday 13 March 1941 (aged 23)

Buried:

Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph’s) Roman Catholic Churchyard (Plot 3 Row D Grave 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Ballycranbeg Roman Catholic Churchyard

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Ennis was born on 10 January 1918 in Gransha and he was a son of John and Margaret Ann Ennis (nee McMullan) of Gransha, Kircubbin.  He was a grandson of James and Mary Ennis (nee Dougherty).  Andrew’s father John worked as a labourer and he and Margaret Ann McMullan were married on 3 November 1914 in Mount St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Ballycranbeg.

Margaret Ann McMullan (aged 22) from Gransha was a daughter of William McMullan, a shoemaker.

John and Margaret Ann Ennis (nee McMullan) had thirteen children:

William James (born 1 February 1915 in Gransha)

John (born 25 February 1916 in Gransha)

Andrew (born 10 January 1918 in Gransha)

Henry (born 24 March 1920)

Brian (Bernard, born 11 August 1923)

Cecilia (born 16 February 1925)

Hugh (born 7 November 1926; a previous child also named Hugh died in infancy)

Tommy (born 23 September 1928)

Boniface (born 5 June 1930)

Kevin (born 30 October 1931; died in infancy)

Catherine (born 27 June 1934)

Margaret (born 3 April 1936; died in infancy)

Andrew Ennis joined the Royal Ulster Rifles and during the Second World War he served with the Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps.  His death was reported in the 22 March 1941 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Kircubbin Soldier Killed.  It was reported that Corporal Andrew Ennis (No. 7013181) had been killed in a motor accident in Wales.  Corporal Ennis was one of a party travelling in a motor car which struck a telegraph pole near Abergavenny.  The driver of the car, Private James Leonard Vickers escaped uninjured but Private James Farrell (aged 21) of Chelsea, London was also killed.  At the inquest, a verdict of accidental death was returned.

Andrew Ennis’s brother, William James, lived and worked in England and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment.  After the war he told family members that he had been one of the first into Belsen concentration camp when it was liberated on 15 April 1945 and he was sickened by the mountains of bodies and the smell.  They found 53,000 starving and seriously ill prisoners and 13,000 corpses lying unburied in the camp.  Andrew’s brother Henry joined the Royal Navy in 1937 (aged 17) and, like William James, he also survived the war.

Corporal Andrew Ennis (No. 7013181) was 23 when he died, and he is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballycranbeg Roman Catholic Churchyard.  His father John died on 12 September 1964 (aged 72) and his mother Margaret Ann died on 17 January 1974 (aged 79).