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06/02/2020 In the summer of 1938 he was gazetted to a University Commission in his father’s regiment, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, with whom he had already spent several months on attachment.
06/02/2020 John Brooksbank Garnett was the only son of William B and Eleanor C Garnett. William Brooksbank Garnett and Eleanor Constance Story were married on 15th July 1915.
06/02/2020 Lieutenant-Colonel William Brooksbank Garnett DSO, DL, JP, Royal Welch Fusiliers, of Corick, Clogher, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
06/02/2020 Eleanor Constance Garnett was the daughter of John Benjamin Story.
06/02/2020 John Garnett was born on 11th September 1916, possibly in Clogher, but no GRONI record can be found. He was one of two children.
06/02/2020 Family: William Brooksbank Garnett, Eleanor Constance Garnett, Jean Elizabeth Brooksbank Garnett (tbc), John Brooksbank Garnett (born 11th September 1916).
06/02/2020 John Brooksbank Garnett was known as Bill.
06/02/2020 In 1934 he went to Magdalen College in Oxford, but owing to concussion caused by a motor accident, had a year away. He completely recovered and took his degree in 1939.
06/02/2020 The 1st Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers went to France as part of 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Division of the British Expeditionary Force.
06/02/2020 On May 23rd 1940, the battalion received orders to move to the area of St. Venant-Robecq, where it was to defend the bridges over the La Bassée canal against attacks by two German divisions.
06/02/2020 Lieutenant John Brooksbank Garnett was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers when he was killed in action in the village of St Floirs. He was 23 years old.
06/02/2020 The official date of his death is given in all sources as May 23rd 1940, though it may have been a day later since it was on May 24th that the battalion went into action in St Floris, where Garnett is buried.
06/02/2020 Garnett is commemorated by Special Memorial Grave 6 in St. Floris churchyard, Pas de Calais. Seven RWF soldiers are buried there: three of them, whose graves could not be precisely located, are commemorated by special memorials, inscribed “Buried near this spot”. Lt Garnett and the section of men were traveling in a Bren Gun carrier when it was ambushed by German tanks killing the entire crew.
06/02/2020 The CWFC record Lieutenant John Brooksbank Garnett as the son of Lt.-Col. W B Garnett, D.S.O., D.L., J.P., formerly of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, and of Eleanor Constance Garnett (nee Story) of Clogher, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
06/02/2020 He is commemorated locally on Clogher War Memorial.
06/02/2020 John Garnett attended Winchester College. He was a good footballer. He was also in Sixth Book and a Commoner Prefect.
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