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William James Cann born 1867

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Deborah Report 21 Sep 2013 13:42

On looking up my husbands family I went along a wrong path. However, my work may be of use to someone. I've got the service record for
William James Cann
Birth: 29/11/1867
Where: Eggbuckland
Occupation: Torpedo Gunner
Mentioned in dispatches in WW1 for Battle of Jutland, and awarded Cross of St Anne.
I've the battle details and a picture of what the medal would have looked like.

If this is your ancestor and you'd like this info please get in touch.
Bless you


Chrissie2394 Report 21 Sep 2013 14:09

If you search trees on here Debbie there may be someone who has him in their tree.



jax Report 21 Sep 2013 14:10

Hi Debbie

Have you looked to see if anyone has this person in their tree?


Deborah Report 21 Sep 2013 14:30

Thanks for the tip, but can't find any that match. Just thought it was worth a try. I did a lot of research and don't like to think it's wasted.
Bless you


KathleenBell Report 21 Sep 2013 14:32

There is someone called Maureen who has this person in her tree. She has his birth year as 1868 but that may have been taken from census records which are sometimes a year out.

This looks like the 1911 census for William:-

1911 census transcription details for: 5 Trematon Terrace Mutley Plymouth

National Archive Reference:
RG14PN12947 RG78PN747 RD276 SD1 ED9 SN334
Reg. District: Plymouth
Sub District: Plymouth North
Parish: Plymouth
Enum. District: 9

Address: 5 Trematon Terrace Mutley Plymouth
County: Devonshire

Name Relation Condition/
Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born

CANN, William James Head Married M 43 1868 Royal Navy Gunner Egg Buckland Devon<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
CANN, Laura Wife Married
15 years F 44 1867 Devon Plympton
CANN, Cyril Willam Son M 13 1898 School Devon Plympton
CANN, Poppy Rosa Daughter F 11 1900 School Devon Stonehouse
CANN, Gilbert Howard Son M 3 1908 Devon Plymouth

Kath. x


Deborah Report 22 Sep 2013 19:47

That's the one Kath - thank you. I'll try and find Maureen and get in touch. She may have all the history anyway, but it's a great story and his family should know about it.
Bless you


Deborah Report 22 Sep 2013 19:57

Found Maureen, and got in touch. thanks for the tip.