Sergeant John Bannister
B/198985 Army Service Corps.
Died of Typhus 25th June 1917,
in Egypt, aged 39
Lived at 114 Accrington Rd.
Buried at the Hadra War Cemetery Alexandria Egypt
Burnley Express 27th
June 1917 - 27th
was the fourth son of the late John Bannister and had a grocery and off-licence
business in Accrington Road. He married Miss Pomfret, daughter of the
late Mr. Pomfret who was a butcher on Accrington Road. He left a widow
two daughters and one son.
was a Conservative Councillor representing the Gannow Ward elected in
November 1911 and became Chairman of the Markets Committee, previous to
this he had served on the Town Hall, Baths, Cemetery, Electricity and
Gas committees. He enlisted in the Expeditionary Force Canteens, Army
Service Corps in 1916 and left England for the Eastern Zone of operations
in July of that year. He was admitted to Alexandia Hospital suffering
from Typhus and subsequently died, the Mayor of Burnley was personally
informed of his death by telegram and the town hall flag was flown at
DEATH OF SERGEANT JOHN BANNISTER
Victim of Typhus at Alexandria (Burnley News 27/6/1917)
has lost a good citizen by the death of Councillor John Bannister. The
news, which came by wire on Monday night to the Mayor, was despatched
from Alexandria at 1 p.m. it briefly stated that Sergt. Bannister was
dead, and added “Please convey deepest sympathy of our staff here
As we stated on Saturday, a telegraphic message in the early part of last
week announced that the soldier-councillor was dangerously ill. It later
transpired that he was suffering from that dread malady, typhus. A message
from Alexandria on Friday stated that he was in a dangerous condition,
but was holding his own.
Councillor Bannister enlisted in the Expeditionary Force Canteens, A.S.C.,
last year. On Burnley Fair Monday he left England for the Eastern zone
of operations. When the fact that he had joined the Colours was announced
at a Council meeting it was met with a chorus of approval. During his
connection with the Army he proved himself an efficient soldier, just
as previously he had demonstrated efficiency as a townsman. His death
at the early age of 39 will be deeply regretted.
Councillor Bannister was a Conservative, and in that interest he represented
Gannow Ward. He was elected in November, 1911, in a three-cornered fight,
the figures being :- John Bannister C, 695: J.H. Howarth L, 418; L Rippon
Soc., 588. He has represented the ward ever since, there having been no
contenders since the outbreak of war. He was a useful type of Councillor,
and won the respect of his colleagues. On the resignation of Alderman
Hough, he became Chairman of the Markets Committee. Latterly he also served
on the Town Hall. Baths and Cemetery, the Electricity, and the Gas Sub-Committees,
and also, of course, on the General Purposes Committee, which comprised
of the entire Council.
He was the fourth son of the late Mr. John Bannister, Accrington-road.
In business he was a grocer and off-licence holder in Accrington-road.
He was a member of the Off Licence Holders Association and of the Junior
Unionist Association. He was connected with Holy Trinity Church. His youngest
brother, Sapper William Bannister is serving with the Royal Engineers.
Councillor Bannister married Miss Pomfret, daughter of the late Mr. Pomfret,
butcher, Padiham-road. He leaves a widow, two daughters, and one son.
One of the daughters recently obtained a scholarship to the Burnley High
School, coming out third in the examination.
Yesterday the flag at the Town Hall was floated half mast.