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John Henry Cannell

 Biography of John Henry Cannell, 7583
1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry


John Henry Cannell

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Felthorpe, Norfolk, England

Date of Birth registration:
April-June 1882

Place of Birth Registration:
St Faith’s, Norfolk, England

Former Soldier, Army Reservist
Chauffeur to Alderman Dean of Dowsby Hall, Dowsby, Bourne, Lincolnshire.


Wife’s Name:
Hannah Neville

Date of Marriage:
June-September 1912

Place of Marriage:
Louth, Lincolnshire, England

Wife’s Date of birth:
Not known

Wife’s Place of Birth:
Not Known

Wife’s father:
Not Known

Wife’s Mother:
Not Known

Children, (Name), (DOB), (POB):
Norah H Cannell, July-September 1913, Bourne District


Father’s Name:
Frederick James Cannell

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Eaton, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Maria Jarvis

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Old Cotton, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Parents Marriage:
Between October and December 1873, Loddon, Norfolk, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
Margaret Jarvis Cannell, 1875, Felthorpe
Charles Frederick Cannell, 1877, Felthorpe
Richard B Cannell, 1878, Felthorpe
Alex Cannell, 1881, Felthorpe
John Henry Cannell, 1882, Felthorpe
One further child had died before the 1911 census

1881 Census:
John is yet to be born, his parents are living in Felthorpe, Norfolk. His father Frederick is listed as a master gardener.

1891 Census:
John is a 9 year old, living with his parents in Felthorpe, Norfolk. His father Fredrick is listed as a gardener and domestic servant

1901 Census:
John’s Parents are still living in Norfolk but have moved to Great Plumstead and John has already left home.

John is listed in Flixton, Suffolk living at Flixton Hall Stables and he is listed as a Servant, Stable Helper Domestic.

1911 Census:
The Cannell family was living at Carlby near Stamford on this census. John was living at home with his parents along with his sister Margaret.

John, aged 29, was listed as being an Army Reserve confirming that he had a previous career in the Army.

Relatives in services:
None found thus far

Newspaper Mentions

Taken from the Grantham Journal 17th October 1914;

Private J H Cannell Killed In Action


Our Dowsby correspondant writes :- Ours is the sorrowful duty this week to chronicle the death of one of our most esteemed and loyal inhabitants. We refer to Private J H Cannell, who was killed in action at the front on the 14th September; the exact place is at present unknown. He belonged to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light infantry, his number was 7583. The notification of his decease was only received here on Friday evening week, when it came from headquarters, and when the news became known it caused quite a gloom to be spread, not only in this village, but in all who knew him, for he possessed a most amiable disposition, and had a kind word for everyone.

Steady, upright and fearless in dealing with mankind, he will be much missed by all his acquaintances. He was among the foremost to leave this district in the early stages of the present war, and now his name is numbered with other heroes in the roll of honour who have sacrificed all for their country and the freedom of Europe. Who could wish for a better epitaph?
It is hard for us to realize that we have lost him, but it is not for us to murmur, we shall remember him as a patriotic Britisher, and one who set an example which ought to shame all able-bodied single young men, for he was willing at the call of duty to leave his wife and child, a happy home, and all who loved him dearly, to find his rest in a grave of honour within a foreign land. A fine type of soldier he was, always ready to fulfill his duties faithfully, and when he received the “call to advance” to a far more glorious life, we fell he sure he did not falter. His age was 31 years, and he leaves a young widow and a daughter just over a year old to mourn their loss, and all hearts will extend them their sympathy in the hour of their deep sorrow. The poignancy of it all is that in a few months his time would have expired in the Army, for he joined twelve years ago. He had been in the employ of Alderman A.W. Dean J.P., of Dowsby Hall, as chauffeur, and his services in that capacity were valued, his parents reside at Careby, near Stamford. He was an attendant at our Parish Church and on Sunday, at both services the Rev. Gordon MacMorran, Rector, made feeling references to the deceased. In the morning, he preached from the text, St. Luke xii, 34, “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also,” and at evensong he delivered a most eloquent sermon from St. John xi, part of the 28th verse, “The master is come, and calleth for thee.”
There was scarcely a dry eye in the congregation. Special hymns were sung, and the services throughout were of the most impressive and reverent character.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
No WW1 records have been located for John Cannell. His obituary in a local newspaper indicated that he had signed up for the army in 1902/3 for a 12 year period.

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
No records have been located.

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
Name: John Henry Cannell
Birthpalce: Felthorpe, Norfolk
Residence: Stamford, London
Death Date: 14th Sept 1914
Death Location: France and Flanders
Enlistment location: London
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Number: 7583
Type of casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Pension Records:
No records have been located to date.

Medal Card Index:
John Henry Cannell, DCLI Pte 7583, Decd
Victory Medal
British Medal

There is a third reference on the card which could be a third medal but the words are not clear.

UK: St Andrew’s Church, Dowsby

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In the memory of John Henry Cannell
7583, 1st Bn., Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry who died on the 14th September 1914.Remembered with honour
Le Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

More information:

Cannell J H small

Cannell J H memorial small


Please see below for more picture from La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial


Military Service Timeline

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.