Treanor, Alan Lancelot (No. 41965)

Treanor, Alan Lancelot

Pilot Officer

No. 41965, 245 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in action on Saturday 1 June 1940 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England (Panel 10)

Dungannon and District War Memorial

Dungannon Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Anne’s)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records, including the civil birth register, his first forename is spelt Allen.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Pilot Officer Alan Lancelot Treanor (No. 41965) was a son of Sydney A.R. Treanor and Ena Treanor of Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Born on 22 August 1891 in Cork, Sydney Treanor grew up in Belfast where his family lived at 32 Burmah Street and then at 16 Fitzwilliam Avenue.

Alan Lancelot Treanor was born on 9 June 1920 at 1 Catherine Street, Waterford, and he was a son of Sydney Allen Robinson Treanor and Marthena (Ena) Mary Treanor (nee Henderson), who were married on 29 July 1918 in Fitzroy Avenue Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Sydney Allen Robinson Treanor, a military officer from Belfast, was a son of John Treanor, a commission agent.  Marthena (Ena) Mary Henderson, a saleswoman from Belfast was a daughter of (unnamed) Henderson, a forester.

During the First World War, Sydney Treanor served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Rifles and he went to France in September 1916.

After the war, Sydney and Ena Treanor lived in Waterford where Sydney worked as a bank official.  Their son, Allen Lancelot Treanor, was born there at 1 Catherine Street on 9 June 1920.

Alan Lancelot Treanor joined the Royal Air Force and on 15 April 1939 he was granted a short service commission as an Acting Pilot Officer on probation.  On 6 November 1939 he was graded as a Pilot Officer on probation and this appointment was confirmed on 6 February 1940.  On 1 June 1940 he was piloting a single-seater Hawker Hurricane Mark I aircraft on a patrol operation over Dunkirk.

Pilot Officer Robert Alan West (No. 41972) was piloting another Hawker Hurricane Mark I aircraft on the same mission and both aircraft were lost without trace.

Pilot Officer Alan Lancelot Treanor (No. 41965) is commemorated on Dungannon and District War Memorial and in Dungannon Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Anne’s).