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Cannon, George

CANNON, G. Tyne Cot Memorial 3

CANNON, G. Tyne Cot Memorial 2

Photo’s taken on the 11th April 2015 by Mavis Williams at Tyne Cot Memorial

FWM had another pilgrimage to Tyne Cot on the 8th April 2017, with help from Laraine & John Blythyn holding the FWM Cross, making sure that George was remembered once more.   Photo by Mavis Williams.

George’s parents Samuel Jones Cannon and Sarah Weigh were married in St. Deniol’s Church in Hawarden on the 8th October 1881, Samuel was age 20 and a Collier, living in Aston and whose father Robert was a Cattle Dealer, Sarah was a spinster also age 20, also living in Aston, and whose father was Thomas Weigh, a Collier.

By the 1891 census they were living in 2 rooms in Aston, next door to Samuel’s parents Robert & Martha Cannon.  Samuel J., 29,  was a Grocer, who had been born in Shotwick, Cheshire. His wife Sarah, 29 had been born in Hawarden, Flintshire.  Their children were George  5, who had been born in Crewe, Cheshire, and Lydia, 2  who had been born in Hawarden.

They had suffered the loss of 2 children, Samuel born in 1884 died age 22 months and Maud born in 1888 had died age 9 days.   Samuel’s brother Edwin (Edward in the Parish Registers) had died in 1886 age 22 years.

The 1901 census shows the family still in Aston. Samuel 39, was a General Carter. His wife Sarah was 39. Their listed children were George, 15,  a General Carter like his father,   Lydia, 15,  Jessie, 8, Elsie, 6, and  Percy, 3.   There was  a General Servant (Domestic), Catherine Powell 15.

George married Martha P. Bennett in 1909 in St. Deniol’s Church in Hawarden.  George was recorded as a  23 year old, Bachelor who was a farmer living in Aston.  His bride was Martha Peers Bennett, 28, a Spinster who lived in Shotton.

They were living at Seafield Cottage, Queensferry, Flintshire, they had been married 1 and a half years on the 1911 census.   George was now age 25 and a Carter, still saying he had been born in Crewe, wife Martha P. was age 28 and had been born in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.   They had visitors on Census night, Thomas Frederick Hartley age 29, Electrician, born in Halifax, Yorkshire, his wife Annie Hartley age 28 who had been born in Guinersal Yorkshire, their daughter Kathleen Cowbarn Hartley was 8 months old and had been born in Doncaster, Yorkshire.

The 1911 census records George’s parents still living on the Aston Road, Queensferry, Flintshire. Samuel Jones Cannon was  48  and his wife of  29 years was 50. Twelve children had been born alive, but 7  had died. Four of the remaining 5 were with them.Lydia, 22 Jessie, 18 and single,  Elsie, 16  Percy, 13.   The following year they were to suffer more grief, as can be seen below.

Sadly Martha was to die the following year, age 32, as the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project – Hawarden – Northern extension (1912/1913) west of path.http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/60251, tells us.   Description – Brown headstone with poppy head. Part eroded in centre. – inscription –IN/ LOVING MEMORY/ OF/ MARTHA PEERS CANNON,/ WHO DIED DECR 26 1912 AGED 32 YEARS/ ALSO OF GEORGE BELOVED HUSBAND/ OF THE ABOVE (…) IN ACTION IN/ FRANCE NOV 9TH 1917 AGED 32 YEARS./ THERE IS A LINK DEATH CANNOT SEVER,/ LOVE AND REMEMBRANCE LASTS FOR EVER

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms George Cannon’s  regimental information above and  tells us that his birth place was Crewe.  He enlisted in Shotton and he was formerly with the 32941, Shropshire Light Infantry. His medal card, also on ‘Ancestry.co.uk’ details his medals, but does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

 Mold, Deeside & Buckley Leader  3rd October 1924

Connah’s Quay Memorial Tablet.   To Wepre Lodge Fallen Oddfellows.

The Saturday preceding 3rd October 1924, the Tablet was unveiled by the Vicar of Shotton, J.J.J. Robinson – Excerpt from the newspaper cutting, please get in touch for a copy of the newspaper cutting – 

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” recited the Vicar of Shotton, “And whosoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world there shall also this be told for a memorial for them.”   The Vicar then said: “We dedicate this tablet, a token of our love and gratitude, to the glory of God and in glorious memory of: J.F. JONES, N.OWEN, O.MORROW, T.L. JENKINS, W.JONES, G.T. ROGERS, S. BENNETT, J.E.JONES, G. CANNON, S. ROBERTS, E.P. GRIFFITHS, R. LATHAM, W. BRASSINGTON and J.PARRY.   Also to the honour of 97 brothers who served in the Great War, who at the call of King and Country left their peaceful callings and went forth to uphold the sovereignty of God, to maintain the liberty of nations, and to defend the sacred heritage of our fathers; and who, on the battlefields of the Great War, made the supreme sacrifice.

Excerpt from the Newspaper article recording the Service

Excerpt from the Newspaper article recording the Service

George is commemorated on a family grave in  St. Deniol’s Churchyard, Hawarden.

Private George Cannon 1st Bat. S.W.B. 25380

10th November 1917.

Son of Samuel Cannon, Daisy Bank, Queensferry.

(Monumental Inscriptions Volume 111 – Lovelock. – Page 16)

George is also remembered on the Memorial Screen in St. Ethelwold’s Church Shotton.

Hawarden Parish Magazine November 1917

Hawarden Parish Magazine - HOLLINS, John and CANNON, George


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