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One of The Original 500

Pte James Patrick Connors  Regt # 209
Donated by John (Jack) Connors)

James Patrick Connors was born 8 February 1894, eldest son of Patrick Connors and Mary Ann Hurley, Mundy Pond Road, St. John's, Newfoundland.
He enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment on 14 September 1914. He embarked on the SS Florizel for the UK on 3 October 1914. He entrained for Cairo 31 August 1915 and embarked for Gallopoli on 13 September 1915. Landed at Sulva Bay the night of 19-20 September 1915. Admitted to hospital 3 December 1915 suffering from frostbite. Released from Hospital on 4 December 1915. Left for England on 3 January 1916. Embarked Southhaupton 28 March 1916. Disembarked Rouen 30 March 1916. Admitted to 6th General Hospital on 5 April 5 1916. Discharged to duty 8 April 1916. Joined battalion on 15 April 1916.
Missing in action 1 July 1916. Presumed dead on 31 December 1916.

   By this time the family had moved to New Glasgow Nova Scotia and the family wrote the following letter in response to questions about James Patrick Connors;

September 8, 1920
Marsh Street, New Glasgow, NS

Dear Sir
In answer to your letter I can't give you any information concerning my dear sons death, James P. Connors, No 209, 1st Newfoundland Regiment, he was one of the Blue Puttee Boys. The only information I can give you is that he was missing July 1st, 1916. I can't give any account of his grave or where he was buried. As far as I know his bones may be blackening today, on some part of No Mans Land. I got but very little satisfaction concerning his death or I never evening got anything belonging to him and as far as decorations are concerned we didn't even get only the medal for 1914 & 1915. His age is 23, the son of Patrick and Mary Ann Connors. His birth place is West End St. John's, any other information I cannot give you. I am waiting every day for further information from you concerning him. If I knew anything about him I would be only too glad to have the papers filled out and sent to you.

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