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McEnery, John Aloysius (1877-1914)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: John Aloysius McEnery (1877-1914), born 23 December 1877 in Cerne Abbas, Dorset. Son of Dr William McEnery (1839-1919), M.D. and Margaret McEnery (née Quin (1843-1905) of Semington House, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset.



Mary Charlotte McEnery (1869-) (Mother Mary Ursula).

Kathleen Ellen McEnery (1871-1955).

William Augustine McEnery (1873-1957) (attended Sherborne School as a day boy 1885-1893).

Theresa Anna Maria McEnery (1875-1949) (married George Foster Gretton).

Edward Henry McEnery (1876-1924) (attended Sherborne School as a day boy 1890-1894).

Reginald Thomas McEnery(1880-1971) (attended Sherborne School as a day boy 1893-1898).

Margaret Josephine McEnery (1885-1958).


Attended Tooting College.


Attended Sherborne School (day boy and Abbey House) September 1890-1894; 6th form; Digby Mathematics and Science Prize.


Attended the Royal Military Academy.


Joined the Royal Engineers in 1896, becoming a Lieutenant in December 1899. He took part in the Tibet Expedition of 1903-1904, in which he was Assistant Field Engineer, being mentioned in Despatches and receiving the medal for that campaign. He was promoted Captain in December 1905.

He was a member of the Masons and a Senior Warden in his Lodge.


WW1, Captain in the Royal Engineers; O.C. of 54th Company; landed in Belgium with Sir Henry Rawlinson's Division for the relief of Antwerp. Accidentally shot about 10pm on 26 October 1914 by an Infantry Sentry on the line of trenches near Zandvoorde whilst in command of the 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. McEnery was buried by Captain Weeding, 2nd Queen's Regiment, and Lieutenant Thatcher, R.A.M.C., at about 250 yards north-east of the windmill on the Veldhock to Zandvoorde Road, a board with his name marking the grave.


Commemorated at:

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 9,%20JO...


Sherborne town war memorial.


Roman Catholic Church, Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset, UK.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.


Western Gazette, 4 September 1914:

A FINE EXAMPLE. No fewer than seven members of Dr. McEnery’s family are serving their country in different capacities in the great war. Miss McEnery, his eldest daughter, has been nursing the wounded in Belgium since the commencement of hostilities, Captain McEnery [John Aloysius McEnery (1877-1914)], of the Royal Engineers, the doctor’s third son, is at Southampton at present with about 300 men expecting orders to cross the Channel every day, while his second son Edward, who served in the Boer War, was in the Dorset Yeomanry, and afterwards held a commission in the Belfast Yeomanry, is coming home to go to the front. On the day war was declared, Dr McEnery’s eldest son, who is a doctor, went to the War Office and gave in his name as a surgeon for service in the Army. Dr McEnery’s youngest daughter, who is at present house surgeon at the Victoria Hospital, Burnley, has also volunteered her services at the front as a doctor, while Captain Reginald McEnery, another son, who is in India, has volunteered for home service. Miss K. McEnery, who is at home, is a Red Cross nurse. Neither is Dr McEnery idle, for his is placing himself and his motor car at the disposal of the authorities, and is traversing the countryside seeking and, as a magistrate, attesting recruits.


Western Gazette, 30 October 1914

CAPTAIN JOHN MCENERY KILLED AT THE FRONT. Dr McEnery received the distressing intimation from the War Office yesterday (Thursday) morning that his son, Captain John A. McEnery commanding the 54th Field Company, Royal Engineers, has been killed at the Front. The deepest sympathy of Sherborne people generally will go out to Dr McEnery and his family in this sad blow which has befallen them.

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