Ormskirk, enlisted Burnley & resided Preston. He is buried in Brebieres
British Cemetery, France, plot A.7., Number 23 Casualty Clearing Station.
EARLY HERO’S DEATH Unscathed, He is Victim of Influenza. (Burnley
A remarkable fact about Private Harry Cannon, 10220, East Lancashire
Regiment, whose mother lives at 43 Bar Street, Burnley Lane, is that after
serving in the Army eight years, and having gone through the whole of
this war without a scratch, he has succumbed to Influenza. His death took
place in France on November 2nd. He was 28 years of age, and enlisted
in the 2nd East Lancashire’s eight years ago and went to South Africa
in 1912. After the outbreak of the European war he came to France on November
5th, 1914, just after the retreat from Mons. Of late he had been on transport
work. He is married, and his wife now lives at Preston.
The late Private H. Cannon, who was formerly employed by Mr. W. Whittaker,
hay and straw dealer, Tunstill Street, and whose name is on the roll of
honour at St Andrew’s Church, has had one brother discharged from
Mrs Cannon has received the following letter from a sister at the hospital:-Dear
Mrs Cannon,-“You will have received my letter telling you of your
son, Private H. Cannon, 10220, and that he is in hospital with influenza.
Yesterday he seemed to be very comfortable, and the doctor was well satisfied
with his condition, but last night he suddenly got much worse, and I am
sorry to have to tell you that he did rally again, and passed away peacefully
at 1:30 p.m. today. He was not conscious this morning, and did not send
Another letter, from a Chaplain, says:-“The matron here will, I
think, already have written to tell you the sad news of the death of your
dear son in hospital. I saw him myself several times and prayed by his
side, and was glad to be able to give him his communion two days before
he passed away.