Diamond War Memorial Project

Gunner Mark McAnanney

12th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Regimental Number 14212
Born: ---- Died: 1915-07-31 Aged: 33 Enlisted: Edinburgh.

Interred in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Mrs McAnanney, 185, Bishop Street, Derry. Husband of Mrs Teresa McAnanney, 7, Long Tower Street / 31 Sloane's Terrace, Derry.

Gunner McAnanney, who had been serving at the Front with the British Expeditionary Force for almost twelve months, took part in several engagements. At time of death two of deceased's brothers, William McAnanney and Bernard McAnanney, were serving with the colours, the former with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the latter with the Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Mrs McAnanney received from the Front particulars of how her husband fell in the following communication, dated August 2, 1915:- No. 14212 Gunner Mark McAnanney, No. 12 (Siege) Battery Y, R.G.A., :- Madam ? It is with the deepest regret I write to inform you of the above-named having been killed in action on the morning of 31-7-15. He was killed at his telephone, and his death was instantaneous. I personally very much regret his decease, as he was always such a cheerful, willing worker, and a great favourite with both officers and men. He was always full of pluck and ready for any work. He was killed in the middle of a battle, and so died a true soldier's death ? another good man to have his name placed for ever on our great roll of honour of heroes who have given life itself for the great cause of honour, home, and freedom. He was buried beside other comrades in the ______________ Soldiers' Cemetery, near _______________ (in Flanders) by the Roman Catholic chaplain, and a wooden soldier's cross, with the date and his name, erected over the grave. To you I wish to extend, on behalf of myself, my officers, non-commissioned officers and men, our sincerest sympathy in your great bereavement, and I only trust that this sympathy and the knowledge that he was liked in the battery by officers and men, and that he did his duty and died like a true soldier in the midst of a battle may in future years be a source of comfort to you. ? Yours sincerely, F.P. Hutchinson.