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23139   Private Michael Brennan
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Dated added: 07/01/2018   Last updated: 07/01/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/03/1886
Died: 09/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Summary      
Michael Brennan was the son of John and Mary Ann Brennan. He was born on 5th March 1886. He was one of eight children, seven surviving. All the children were born in Tempo, County Fermanagh. By 1901 the family were living in Cookstown. Michael Brennan enlisted in Omagh. Private Michael Brennan was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Saturday 9th September 1916.
Further Information
Michael Brennan was the son of John and Mary Ann Brennan. John Brennan and Mary McGranaghan were married on 6th August 1881 in the district of Omagh (GRONI Ref M/1881/Y1/2237/3/194).
Michael Brennan was born on 5th March 1886. He was one of eight children, seven surviving. All the children were born in Tempo, County Fermanagh.
Family: John Brennan, Mary Ann Brennan, Mary Ellen Brennan (born 8th August 1882), Annie Brennan (born 23rd December 1883), Michael Brennan (born 5th March 1886), Elizabeth Brennan (born 20th May 1888), Sarah Brennan (born 31st October 1890), Margaret Brennan (born 10th May 1893), Unnamed Son (born 2nd October 1895), John Brennan (born 27th September 1896).
The 1901 census lists Michael as age 14, living with the family at house 115 in Church Street, Cookstown. Michael had left school and was working as a labourer in a mill. His father was a labourer and a carter.
The 1911 census does not list Michael as living with the family at house 19 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown. His father was a carter.
Michael Brennan enlisted in Omagh.
Private Michael Brennan was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Saturday 9th September 1916.
In his will, he left all to his father, John Brennan, who was living at Railway Terrace, Omagh.
Last will and Testament of Private Michael Brennan dated 31st March 1916:
I leave, will and bequeath all money and property of which I may possess to my father, John Brennan, Railway Terrace, Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. Private M Brennan. No 23139. 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Private M Brennan has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial at the Somme in France.
The CWGC record Private Michael Brennan as the son of John and Mary A Brennan of Dromore Road, Omagh, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Killymoon Street Cookstown South Census listing in Killymoon Street 54.634390 -6.743465
2 Church Street Cookstown South Census listing in Church Street 54.637495 -6.744184
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1 1901 Census lists Brennan family Lists Michael as age 14, living with the family at house 115 in Church St., Cookstown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Brennan family Does not list Michael as living with the family at house 19 in Killymoon Street, Cookstown Urban, Tyrone
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private Michael Brennan
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018