|Date of birth:||1889|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Date of marriage:||1911|
|Place of marriage:||Southampton|
|Regiment / Division:||Mercantile Marine|
|Died:||17th April 1917 aged 23 years|
|Death location:||At sea. His body was never recovered.|
Life before the War
John’s parents were John Farnan b. 1853, a Boiler Maker from Sunderland (died in 1923 in Southampton), and Alice Farnan b. 1862 in Portsmouth.
John married Elsie Lucy Long in 1911 (b.1889 Southampton, d. 1979) and they lived at 75 Chilworth Road, Shirley. They had two children Betty M Farnan b. 1914 and Freda E Farnan b. 1916.
In the census of 1891 John was living with his parents and 5 siblings – Edward, Thomas, Kathleen, Harry and Margaret – at 24 Elms Street, Southampton. By the time of the 1901 census John is living with his parents and siblings at and by the 1901 census he was living with his parents at 14 Stanford Street Southampton – Edward and Thomas are no longer at home but the family is joined by two more brothers. All the children were born in Southampton. John’s 7 siblings were:
|Edward B||b. 1879, d. 1917|
|Thomas||b. 1882, d. 1944.|
John is commemorated on the Tower Hill Cenotaph and wall in London and on the Southampton Cenotaph.
Donegal was a Midland Railway Passenger Ferry constructed in 1904. She was converted to an Ambulance Ship for service in the First World War carrying the wounded from Le-Havre in France back to Southampton. On the 17th of April 1917 whilst under Royal Navy Escort, the S.S Donegal was torpedoed by a UC II German Submarine and sank 35km south of The Dean Light Vessel. On-board were 610 wounded soldiers and 70 crew. Of these, 29 wounded soldiers and 12 crew were lost, including John Farnan.
|Published.:||6th May 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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