Private John Gwyne Kerle Anning
|Regiment:||Devonshire Regiment, 8th Service Battalionn|
|Date of Birth:||1893Born Dawlish||Date of Death:||25/09/1915|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||ANNING J. PTE DEVON REGT|
John Gwyne Kerswell Anning enlisted with the Devonshire Regiment in Exeter and the following newspaper report suggests that it may have followed a local recruiting drive – John Anning (10762) John Dew (10728), Albert John Hooper (10723).
The 8th (service) Battalion was the first of the battalions formed from volunteers to form Kitchener's New Army. Recruiting was so successful that a 9th (Service) Battalion was also formed.
Anning was one of eight Dawlish men who were killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos involving the Devonshire Regiment.
Association with Dawlish
John Gwyne Kerswell Anning was the only son of John Kerswell Anning (1845 – 1921) and Elizabeth Luscombe Cuming Kerle (Anning) (1856- 1942).
John and Elizabeth had a young family and in 1901 they lived at The Club, Marine Parade where the husband is shown as a Lodging House Keeper. The family comprised:
John Kerswell Anning, 56, Elizabeth J C Anning, wife, 45, Elizabeth Rossiter Kerle Anning, 18 (mother's help/domestic) Annette Adeline Anning, 8 and John G K Anning, 7.
Private Anning came home from Manchester for his holiday in August, 1914, and was among the first to enlist in his county regiment, joining Buller's Own.” ...”About a year before war broke out he left home for the North of England, where he was apprenticed as a brass-worker.”
|Devon Roll of Honour||Anning, John, Pte, Devon Regt - no date or place of death given|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||John Kerswell Anning, father|
|Last Known Address:||Beachcroft, Marine Parade, Dawlish|
Cap badge -The Devonshire Regiment
Loos Centenary - Wreath from Devonshire Regt
ANNING inscribed at Dud Corner Cemetery near Loos
|John Gwyne Kerle Anning - life story|
|Battle of Loos, Order of Service 25 September 2015|
|The Battle of Loos, 15/9/15|
|Extract Order of Service for Battle of Loos|
Newspaper extracts from the Dawlish Gazette collection in care of Dawlish Museum
Refs via subscription sites:
National Newspaper Archive
Ancestry site/ Morrison and Hill family Trees.