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6260   Private John McKenna
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/09/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Scots Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/02/1879
Died: 05/04/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 37
John McKenna was the son of Francis and Annie McKenna. John McKenna was born on 27th February 1879. He was one of eight children, all born in the Clogher area. The CWGC record his age as 26 years old. However research suggests he was born ten years earlier and his age was in fact 36. They were a family of farm labourers. Private John McKenna (6260) was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards when he was killed in action near Ypres on Wednesday 5th Apr 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave B-19
CWGC Casualty 158911
The cemetery is located to the North-East of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the next roundabout. Here turn right into Oude Veurnestraat, this then changes into Diksmuidseweg and Brugseweg. Drive along this road and continue straight over the traffic lights to the end of the road. At the T junction turn left (still Brugseweg) and continue along this road (the N313) to the village of Sint Jan. At the crossroads in the village turn right onto the N345 (Potijzestraat), follow along to the next crossroads and turn left into Zonnebeekseweg. The cemetery is located on the left hand side approx 50 metres after the crossroads.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Clogher War Memorial - WWI - East Face - Panel 2a Clogher
References and Links
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1 1901 census lists McKenna family Does not list John as living with the family at house 8 in Tullybroom, Clogher, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists McKenna family Does not list John as living with the family at house 2 in Killaney Lower (Kilfaddy, Tyrone)
3 Photo of John McKenna's headstone
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Scottish National War Memorial Details of Private John McKenna
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of John McKenna's headstone can be purchased here.
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