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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Joseph McKenna

Joseph McKennaBolton Journal and Guardian 8 October 1915

TWO OF FOUR SOLDIER BROTHERS KILLED

Sergt. John McKenna, 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, whose wife lives at 117, Moncrieffe-st., is one of four soldier brothers, two of whom have laid down their lives for their country. Sergt.-Major Joe McKenna was killed in the Dardanelles on Sept. 9th. He was in the 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, and had served 21 years in the Army before the outbreak of war, when he re-enlisted. Private Morris McKenna lost his life at the front in France whilst serving with the 2nd Manchester Regiment. He was called up at the commencement of the war, being on the reserve. Sergt.-Major John McKenna is at present at Felixstowe, having been invalided home after seven months in the trenches in France and Flanders, whilst Neil, whose time in the Army had expired, re-enlisted, and is now fighting in the Dardanelles.

Joseph was the son of John P McKenna b.c.1849, a joiner and labourer, and Ann McKenna b.c.1843.

He appeared on the 1891 Census living at 114 Spring Gardens with his parents and siblings Neil b.1876, John b.1878, Ambrose b.1880 and Ann b.1884.

Joseph was working as a cotton piecer at the time.

 

Name McKenna, Joseph
Rank Company Sergeant Major
Number 4559
Unit 9th Bn
Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
1874
Enlisted Bury, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
7 August 1915
Age 41
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
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Lancashire Fusiliers