Robert Nathaniel Gannaway

Date of birth: 1877
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 12th (Labour)
Rank / Service No: Private, 25862
Died: 21st December 1916, aged 39 years
Buried: Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France (Plot I Row F, Grave 26)


Robert was the fourth of 8 known siblings born to John and Eliza Jane Gannaway (nee Daniels), who married in Southampton in 1863.

The couple are known to have had 12 children, of which 6 died in infancy.


The family lived exclusively in St. Mary’s.


John was born in Southampton in 1844 and he died in the city in 1915.

Eliza was born in Devizes in 1847 and she passed away in the city in 1919.



Eliza Jane   b. 1869 Southampton   d. 1911 Southampton   Married George Harper in Southampton in 1892. Eliza had a son (William) by an unknown father in 1891, and then 3 children with George.

Susan Emily   b. 1871 Southampton   d. 1871 Southampton

Arthur Edward   b. 1873 Southampton   d. 1918 Southampton

Robert Nathaniel

Walter James   b. 1879 Southampton   d. 1948 Southampton   Married Margaret Berry in Southampton in 1899.

Alfred Ernest   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1953 Southampton

Beatrice Nellie   b. 1885 Southampton   d. 1965 Southampton   Married George D. McGough in Southampton in 1912.

Lily May   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1892 Southampton



The battalion was formed at Plymouth in April 1916 and deployed to France as Army Troops in the Fourth Army.

The Fourth Army was raised in early 1916 to carry out the main British contribution to the Battle of the Somme.


The cemetery was originally known as Maricourt Military Cemetery No. 3, and was begun by fighting units and Field Ambulances in the 1916 battles of the Somme, and used until August 1917.


A few graves were added at the end of the war and at the Armistice it consisted of 175 graves, which now from almost the whole of Plot I.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th July 2016


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