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Soldiers of the Regiment

The Drennan Family

Lance Corporal Michael 'Paddy' Drennan, originally served as number 48248 with the Royal Irish Regiment in the First World War, when he was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals.  His number became 7110079 when he continued his service after the war, he re-attested on 1st August 1919 at the age of 29 years.  On the disbandment of the Irish Regiments he transferred to the King's Own Royal Regiment.

He married Annie Gorman on 8th June 1908.  They had seven children: William was born in 1909; Michael on the 21st February 1910; Edward 4th January 1915; Annie 11th October 1919; Helen Josephine 19th May 1922 and Aeileen Margaret on 20th May 1923.  There is no record of the date of birth of James Francis Drennan.

He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1934 and was discharged on 27th August 1937. 

His sons served in the King's Own:

William Drennan, number 3707084, served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment from 14th January 1924 when aged 15 years, at Rangoon.  He was discharged on 13th January 1936 and later re-enlisted into the Royal Air Force on 11th February 1941.

Michael Joseph Drennan, number 3708838, served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment from 23rd March 1928 when he enlisted at Rawalpindi.  He continued service after the Second World War and was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in March 1946.  After he was discharged from the King's Own Royal Regiment he re-enlisted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1956 as number 23239610.

James Francis Drennan, number 3709264, served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment from 25th September 1929.  He transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 29th July 1937.

Edward Drennan appears in one of the photographs in the uniform of the King's Own Royal Regiment, however no trace of him can be found in the King's Own enlistment books, and the Regimental Journal states that he served with the Royal Engineers in the article on the retirement of his father.


The Drennan Family around 1929, with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment in Rawalpindi, India.
Accession Number: KO0013/88


Lance Corporal 'Paddy' Drennan and his first three soldier sons in the King's Own Royal Regiment, India, circa late 1920s.
Accession Number: KO0013/089


Lance Corporal 'Paddy' Drennan and his four soldier sons in the King's Own Royal Regiment, India, circa early 1930s.
Accession Number: KO0220/02

 

 

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