George Gannon was born in March 1895 and baptised on 2nd June at St Paul's Church, Macclesfield, the first child and only son of Clara and George Gannon, a fish dealer of No. 3 Court, Fountain Street, Macclesfield; the family was living at the same address in 1901.
George was educated at St Paul's School, attaining standard grade IV, and on 23 November 1908, when aged 13 and employed as a silk doffer, he was admitted to Macclesfield Technical School to further his education.
In 1911, at the age of 16, George was living with his parents and younger sister Annie (aged 7) at the same address, and employed as a silk bobbin carrier.
George attested at Macclesfield in September 1914, joining the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.
Following a period of training in various locations in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir. By the end of the day, Private Gannon was missing and he was assumed to have died on 9th August 1915.
Private George Gannon has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Gannon, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private George Gannon is commemorated on the Park Green and Town Hall war memorials.
The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In affectionate remembrance of Private George Gannon, from father, mother and sisters.”
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.