WWI: John J. Cremin ( – 1918)

Just over a hundred years ago, on or about March 23rd 1918, another Millstreet man was killed in World War One. He was John J. Cremin, a gunner with the “C” Battery of the 79th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed on Flanders Fields, near the French / Belgian border. He is one of 35,000 men who died in WWI near Arras that have no grave, but whose name is listed on Bay 1 at the Arras Memorial.

But, we know little else about him, other than he was from Millstreet. Does anyone know who he was, or where he came from? or anything else.

Ireland Casualties of World War I 1914-1922 for John Cremin [1]

UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 [2]

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – commemorative certificate [1]
John Cremin’s name is on this plaque on Bay 1 at the Arras Memorial in France. This is a poor photo. It would be good to have a better photo [find a grave]

John Cremin’s Register of Effects. Royal Field Artillery, Gunner. Who is the Ms. Annie Callaghan who he left his effects to? [1]


So who was he?

I have found no account of his age or parents. There are only 6 John Cremins registered as being born in Millstreet, of possible war-going age.

  1. Birth of JOHN CREMIN in 1869 to Cornelius Cremin and Margaret Sullivan of Currirague
  2. Birth of JOHN CREMIN in 1872 to Philip Cremin and Julia Buckley of Rathcoole
  3. Birth of JOHN CREMIN on 3rd July 1875, to John Cremin and Hannah Murphy of Boolimore, Dromtarriffe (possibly because of his fathers name) (1901 census … gone)(1911 census)
  4. Birth of JOHN CRIMMEN on 1st Nov 1879 to Patrick Crimmen and Elizabeth Ford, at Lacka, Nohivale (unlikely, would someone from Knocknagree give their address as Millstreet?)
  5. Birth of JOHN CREMIN in 26th Jan 1894 at Inches, Caherbarnagh, to Cornelius Cremin and Hannah Quill [1901 census] [1911 census] (the most likely age-wise)
  6. Birth of JOHN CREMIN on 09 January 1902 to Thomas Cremin and Hannah Barry of Crinaloo, Kilcorney (probably too young if he joined the army in Wales)

My instinct would say that John Cremin born 1894 is the most likely because  of his age, but it is written that he was “John J”, so it is also likely the John born in 1875 in Bolimore, because at the time, a boy’s second name was usually the father’s first name.

Unless someone actually lets us know, we may never know 🙁

  • CREMIN JOHN J 1918-03-23 FRANCE
    • Place of birth: MILLSTREET, CO. CORK
    • Rank: GUNNER
    • Service No.: 25297
    • Mil. Unit: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery “C” Bty. 79th Bde.
    • Commemoration – ARRAS MEMORIAL, Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Plot: Bay 1. [find a Grave] [2]
    • Reference –
    • Enlistment Location: Aberdare (Wales)
    • Date of death: Killed in action, Sat Mar 23 1918, France /Flanders
    • Links: CWGC, WW1 Lookup




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