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John Charles Connors  Regt #s 1278/3271  (No Photo)
Donated by Daniel B. Breen

John Charles Connors was born Jul 22nd 1898 in St. John's, Newfoundland, and baptized in the Roman Catholic Basilica. Sponsored by William Marten and Elizabeth Martin.
    John joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on 15 March 1915 and was assigned Regt. # 1278. His Attestation Paper stated the following:

Adddress: 48 Wickford Street, St. John's, Newfoundland

Married: No
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 127 lbs
Color: Fair
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Grey
Occupation: Labourer

John couldn't read or write so he signed with "his mark".

Pte Connors embarked St. John's for overseas aboard the S.S. Stephano on 22 April 1915. He joined the 1st Bn. M.E.F. and embarked for Gallipoli on 14 Nov 1915. He landed in Suvla Bay on 1 Dec 1915. Embarked Alexandria on 20 May 1916. Disembarked Marseilles on 27 May 1916. Joined 1st Battalion, "F" Coy, in the field on 9 June 1916. Joined Base Depot, Rouen, on 30 June 1916. Transferred to England for Discharge, "H.T. Alexandria", on 6 July 1916. Time expired, Newton-on-Ayr, 19 July 1916. Repatriated to St. John's, Newfoundland, on 20 July 1916.
    John returned to St. John's and was living at 37 Wickford Street with his father, Michael Connors. He re-enlisted on 23 Nov 1916, was posted to "E" Coy, and was assigned Regt # 3271. Pte Connors left St. John's by train to Halifax on 17 March 1917. He was admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on 7 September 1917 suffering from a mental breakdown.
  On 25 September 1917, he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington. He had been admitted from France via Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley.
    Pte John Connors was brought before a Medical Board on 5th December, 1917, and recommended for repatriation to Newfoundland. He was posted to "H" Coy, Winchester on 26 August 1918. Returned to Newfoundland for discharge on 7 September 1918. Arrived in St. John's on 29  September 1918. Discharged Medically Unfit on 15 October 1918.

 He died on Feb 28th 1927 at age 28.

The Daily News carried John’s obituary.

CONNORS: Passed peacefully away on Feb 28th, 1927, after a long and painful illness, ex- private John Connors, 1st NFLD Regt, aged 28 years. Leaving to mourn a wife, 2 children, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Funeral on Wednesday at 2:30 PM from his late residence, 13 McFarlane Street. “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul”.

Newspaper item found by Cousin Jack Connors

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