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Pte. Robert Gannon - Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry)


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Pte. Robert Gannon, service # 52356, served on the Western Front and was WIA

during June or July, 1918. He survived the war but his twin brother, Edward (unit

unknown) was KIA. Gannon was from Wales--possibly Anglesey.

Any information about Private Gannon, or his brother, will be

most welcome. I am requesting this for Private Gannon's great grandson. Thank

you.

Trelawney

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Hello

the only Edward Gannon listed is No 20472 Royal Garrison Artillery, 5th Siege Battery. KIA 8/5/18. Buried at Houchin cemetery, France.

He was born and resided in Dublin.

David

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The medal index card for Robert Gannon shows that he was discharged, probably as a result of the wounds you mention, being awarded a Silver War Badge. The reference is SWB List MGC/857. Someone might be able to look that up for you to get more details.

A service record doesn't appear to have survived.

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MGC/857

52356 Pte R Gannon MGC Cav enlisted 22/02/1915, discharged 19/11/1919 due to Enlargement of Glands. Served abroad and was issued badge number B348103

Steve

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David, Jim and Steve

My sincere thank you for your very informative replies to my request for information

concerning Private Gannon. Since a service record did not appear to survive

(the 1940 bombing that destroyed over half of the Great War records for NCOs

and other ranks, I presume), the roll for the campaign medal would be the only

source remaining. I believe the medal rolls are available only for use on site

rather than by post or online, so that will be something of a challenge as I am

not living in the U.K. Again, thank you for all the information.

Trelawney

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Hi

MGC/857

52356 Pte R Gannon MGC Cav enlisted 22/02/1915, discharged 19/11/1919 due to Enlargement of Glands. Served abroad and was issued badge number B348103

Steve

Steve

Does the SWB Roll list Private Gannon's unit assignments specifically or only say that he served "abroad?"

If units are specified, please inform me what they are--this will help in learning more about his WIA

from the Weekly Casualty Lists, unit war journals, and the like. His great grandson thinks Gannon was

WIA about 12 June 1918. Again, many thanks for your help.

Trelawney

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