Private 29780 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 17th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 4th July 1916 : Aged 17
Bethune Town Cemetery V F 44
Aaron was born and further raised in Huthwaite. He gained employment at the New Hucknall Colliery before enlisting still aged 16 but then residing at 5 Penn Street, Sutton. Presumeably that came before parents Tom Gannon and Eugenie (nee Richards) gained known address 1 Central Street, Sutton. He joined his friends into the Sherwood Foresters, meeting a noble death at the tender age of 17 years. His recorded name gave Dick Gannon, but Bradshaw relatives confirm true identity upon two memorials.
SUTTON SOLDIER BOY'S DEATH IN THE TRENCHES AT 17
News has been received of the death in action of Private Aaron Gannon, 5, Penn Street, Sutton. This young soldier, who formerly worked at the New Hucknall Colliery, was but 17 years of age, and was only 16 when he enlisted with several of his friends. He joined the 17th Sherwoods, and had been out in the trenches about four months prior to being killed last week.
The sad intimation was conveyed to the gallant soldier boy's father in the following letters:- Notts Free Press 14th July 1916
”It is with great regret that I am writing to you to inform you of the death of your son Private Gannon, who was one of the best lads I had in my Company. He has been under my command since his enlistment, and I have always found him a keen and good soldier. On July 3rd some special work had to be undertaken, and he asked to be permitted to be in the party. During the execution of this work he, the officer in charge and several others were wounded. All that could be done was done immediately, and I saw him just as he was being taken out of the trenches and he seemed quite cheerful and going on all right, and it was a great shock to me when I heard next day that he had died. I wish to convey to you, your wife and family, the heartfelt sympathy of myself and my officers in your loss, and at the same time to assure you that I have lost one of my best lads, who always did his duty well and cheerfully. - Yours, etc., Captain F.B. Ladlow.
P.S. - Any personal effects that were in his possession will be sent on to you by the authorities at the Base.“
”While bravely doing his duty your son was severely wounded, and I regret to say that though everything possible was done to pull him round he died. He was always willing and cheerful over his work, and his death is a loss to us of a good soldier. He met his death while engaged on special duty, for which he bravely volunteered. I deeply sympathise with you in your sacrifice for king and country, and as he was in my platoon I wish to personally assure you that he died a noble death. - Yours, etc., F.C. Dennis.“
Notts Free Press 4th July 1918
Gannon. - Sacred to the Memory of Private Aaron Gannon, 17th Sherwood Foresters, the beloved Son of Eugenie Gannon, who died July 4th, 1916, from wounds received in Action, in France, on July 3rd, aged 17 years. Two years have passed, but who can tell The loss of one we loved so well; His welcome smile, His dear sweet face, Never on earth can be replaced. - From his loving Mother, Brothers and Sisters.
Additional Referencing and Links