James CANOVAN
Rank: Private
Number: 13612
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 3 July 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Jimmy's birth was registered at Stockport in the summer of 1895. The 1901 Census indicates that his mother was Elizabeth Canovan, then aged 45.  She had been married to Peter Canovan who had died in 1893. At the time of the Census, Frank McCue was living at the family home and was, probably, the father of James and his older brother, Frank. They had three sisters living in 1916 - Frances Wilkinson (nee Canovan), 146 Higher Brinksway; Flo, 138 Higher Brinksway and Pollie, 50 Stockport Road.

Elizabeth had six children from her marriage. One of them, John, was father of Allen Canovan.

Jimmy worked at Clay's Bleachworks in Cheadle. His service number suggests he was an early volunteer for the army joining in September 1914. He was killed on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. Jimmy was originally posted as missing and it would not be until July 1917 that his family received official confirmation that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified.

(Updated: February 2008. My thanks to a descendent for information received. JH)

   
           
   
     
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