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FLANAGAN family grave including memorial forLieut. James FLANAGAN MC 23325

In loving remembrance of

Lieut James FLANAGAN M.C. [Military Cross]

Dearly loved eldest son of

Robert & Fanny C FLANAGAN

Died on active service

At Grantham, England, 13th Dec 1918

Aged 24 years


In loving remembrance of


Dearly loved husband of


Died 25th Nov 1916

Aged 60 years

Also his dearly loved wife

Fanny C

Died 18th Aug. 1943

Aged 78 years


In loving remembrance of


Relict of


-County Derry, Ireland-

Died 1st May 1933

Aged 94 years

Also her loved daughter


Died 28th Jan 1949

Aged 80 years


In loving remembrance of

Nora Isabel

Dearly loved wife of

Robert Keith BREMNER

Died 8th Feb 1935

Aged 31 years.



Lieut James FLANAGAN M.C. 23325 [date of grant of MC 16 Nov 1917].

[Buried Grantham, England after dying of Cerebro spinal Meningitis after previously suffering influenza ]

Born 17 July 1894, Ireland

Award Circumstances:

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack. He led four machine guns through a heavy barrage and frequently brought them into action in support of the advancing infantry. When one of his guns was put out of action he promptly substituted a captured enemy gun, and with this he engaged and silenced an enemy machine gun which was holding up the advance. He set his men a splendid example of courage and confidence throughout.'


Mention of his death in Auckland Star 11 March 1919


His Cenotaph database record:


His military records are available to read online:


Photos of his grave in Grantham cemetery, England

and an overview photo of the cemetery





Evening Post, Volume XCII, Issue 140, 11 December 1916, Page 8

Mr. Robert Flanagan, -who arrived in New Zealand 40 years ago, and for the past 32 years has been a prominent settler at, Drury, Auckland, is dead. His eldest son, Lieut. Flanagan, is now serving in France, while his second son enlisted only a few days before his father's death.[1]


Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 92, 18 April 1903, Page 6

While working at a chaff cutter at Drury on Wednesday morning Mr. Robert Flanagan put a sheaf of oats up to protect himself from the dust. The oheaf was drawn into the machine, and the knives were broken, a flying piece striking Mr. Flanagan in the eye, injuring it so badly that it had to be removed[3]



As an aside, Fanny FLANAGAN appealed for her son Robert to be retained in NZ to help her rather than go to war:

MEN ON THE LAND. Mrs. F. C. Flanagan. Drury, appealed for the retention of her son. Robert Flanagan, who was the only help to work a farm of 150 acres, running 46 cows. Her son had volunteered, but had been kept back owing to the death in November of her husband. The farm was mortgaged. She had a daughter at home and two children at school. One son was in France. The latter had previously worked on the property, which could not run a manager. The appeal was adjourned sine die.[2]







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