John Connelly

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 3/9508
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 45
  • Date of Death: 11.11.1914
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 28 Todburn Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    Thomas Connelly

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Anne Connelly, 45 Todburn Lane, Dundee

  • Children:

    7 Daughters, (names unknown)

More about John Connelly

John has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.

3-9508 Pte. John Connelly, 1st Black Watch, was killed in action on 11 November 1914, aged 45, in the fierce fighting near Nonneboschen.
He was one of five men from Todburn Lane, a small Dundee street, who died before the end of 1914. Pte. Connelly left a widow and seven daughters.

TODBURN LANE, DUNDEE, HAS PAID HEAVY TOLL. PRIVATE CONNELLY IS KILLED IN ACTION. Todburn Lane, a small thoroughfare in the central district of Dundee, has paid a heavy toll in the present war.
Five of the men living in the lane have fought and died for their country, the last to fill a soldier’s grave in France being Private Connelly, of the 3d Black Watch. Private Connelly, who was forty years of age, was a reservist, having served through the South African War without getting a scratch. He held the King and Queen’s medals, with several bars, for that war, while he also gained the long service and Coronation medals.
Mrs Connelly, who lives at 28 Todburn Lane, received intimation yesterday that her husband was killed in action on 11th November. Seven girls are left, several of whom are not yet able to realise that their “daddy” is dead. The Courier, Tuesday, 8 December 1914, 4.

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