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Resident for some time, with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Jessie at 3 Sidney Road, Cheriton.

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Action : War Survivor 

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John enlisted into the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) and attested as a Private in 1877, aged 18. His service number was 1167. During his time he completed 32 years service in the Army, initially 8 years at Home, over a year in Gibraltar and then nearly 23 years back at Home, discharged 23rd March, 1909.

Enlisted at Dover 10th November, 1914 to serve (aged 55). S/5420, Quartermaster-Sergeant John Joseph Hennessy, 2nd Company (Special Reservists) Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He only served at home during the Great War at the Rifle Brigade Depot. He discharged at his own request on the 15th March 1915.

The Hampshire Telegraph 10th February, 1928 edition records: "FORMER GOSPORT MAN'S DEATH. - The death has occured at Cheriton, Folkestone, of ex-Quartermaster-Sergt. John Joseph Hennessy, formerly of the Rifle Brigade, with which he served at Gosport up till 1904 when the depot was transferred to Winchester. He was a prominent Freemason, and was W.M. of the United Services' Lodge in 1905. Mr. Hennessy was also closely connected with Oddfellowship, and served the Southampton District, M.U. as Prov. G.M. He was 68 years of age, and doubtless there are still many Gosportians who remember him."

He was buried at St. Martin's, Cheriton, 4th February, 1928.

Masonic :

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Mother : United Service No. 1428 E.C.Hampshire & IOW

4th May 1897
13th August 1897
10th September 1897

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