Francis Ernest McCann Lantern Slide Number 5

IDENTIFIED: The man on the right hand side of the slide is Francis Ernest McCann.

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3 Responses to Francis Ernest McCann Lantern Slide Number 5

  1. David Morrow says:

    The soldier on the right is definately my grandfather, Francis Ernest McCann, we have a copy of the original photograph. Francis served as a sergeant with the 109th Field Ambulance, RAMC attached to the 36th (Ulster) Division and survived the great war but following exposure to gas suffered from long term bronchial problems until his death in 1937.

    The soldier on the left may be his younger brother James McCann who served with the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and died on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme. We have photos of James but I am unsure if it is him,i’ll need to refer to other family for their thoughts.
    Was the slide produced as a ‘pair’, perhaps of ‘Brothers who served’ which may help confirm his identity?

    Both Francis & James are listed on the Castleton Presbytarian Church Roll of Honour.

    • Castleton Lanterns says:

      Hi David, First of all apologies again for your comment going into my spam.

      This is amazing!

      The info I have so far on Francis Ernest is: Addresses: 56 Seaview Street (1901), 1 Glasgow Street (1911), 25 Ritchie Street (1918), all within a mile of Castleton Church itself. He was born 1891 and a Plater’s Helper. His father was William (seaman/rigger) and his mother was Mary Bunting.

      I have not identified his slide yet. Would you have a scan of the original photo you could email me?

      As for his brother James, I have the information you outlined above, but I think I identified him as a different slide. What do you think of slide number 58 as a match – I have a newspaper clipping I will email you now.



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