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Service No:
Date of Death:
Durham Light Infantry
2nd Bn.
Grave Reference
VI. A. 69.

Additional Information:

Son of Patrick and Mary A. Regan, of Darlington; husband of Ethel Regan, of Schoolhouse Morland. Penrith.

Died of wounds 10 January 1917. Aged 34. Born and enlisted Darlington, resident Appleby. 

REGAN, John Patrick  b.Darlington 1883


Service No:12477

Date of Death:18/01/1917


Regiment/Service:Durham Light Infantry2nd Bn. 

Grave ReferenceVI. A. 69.


Additional Information:Son of Patrick and Mary A. Regan, of Darlington; husband of Ethel Regan, of Schoolhouse Moreland. Penrith.

Corporal John Patrick Regan, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, Service Number


Son of Patrick and Mary A Regan of Darlington

Husband of Margaret Ethel (nee Browne) of Schoolhouse, Morland. Married 29 July 1912

in Darlington. No children.

1881 Census

Family living in Darlington 

Patrick Regan b.1843 in Ireland, Ironworks Puddler

Mary A Regan  b. 1847 in lreland, wife

Margaret Ann Regan  b.1876 in Darlington

James Regan  b.1878 in Darlington

Patrick Regan  b1881 in Darlington (not listed as John on this census)

1891 Census 

Family still  in Darlington

Details as above plus -

Mary Regan  b.1883 Darlington

George Regan b.1885  Darlington

Joseph Regan b.1889  Darlington

Elizabeth Regan b. 1891 (one month old)  Darlington

In addition Margaret Ann is working as a refined wool spinner and John is still listed as Patrick.


Family still in Darlington

Mary Ann Regan is now widowed

Margaret Ann is a wool spinner

James is a letter carrier working for the Post Office

John (not listed as Patrick on this census) also letter carrier

Mary is a wool spinner

George – apprentice rivetter

Elizabeth - presumably still going to school as no occupation listed

1911 Census

John is lodging at the Golden Cock Hotel, Tubwell Row, Darlington. He is single and working as a Turf Commission Agent.

29 June 1912 married Margaret E Browne

11 Aug 1914

Enlisted into the army at Darlington, age 29 years and 96 days, height 5' 5". (Age should be 34 if his census dates are correct)

He was posted to the Durham Light Infantry at South Shields on 29 Aug 1914.

His service record notes that he served in England until 15 Aug 1916 and was then posted to France on 16 Aug 1916.

On 13 Oct 1916 he received a shell wound in the left shoulder and was admitted to hospital. He rejoined his battalion on 17 Oct 1916.

On 17 Jan 1917 he received multiple shell wounds to the legs and was admitted to hospital where he died at 2.30 pm the following day.

18 January1917

Died from wounds received whilst serving as a corporal with the 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

John is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France,

Grave Reference - VI. A. 69.

18 Aug 1919 

John's widow completed an army form on which she had to list all his full blood relatives who were still living at the time, these were -

Widow - Mrs Margaret Ethel Regan, Morland, Penrith

Mother - Mrs Mary Ann Regan, 26 Brunswick Street, Darlington. (All relatives appear to be

at this address.)

Brothers - James, age 41, Darlington George, age 43, Darlington

Sisters - Margaret Ann Regan, age 43, Darlington

Mary Regan, age 35, Darlington

Elizabeth Regan, age 29, Darlington

Personal items returned to John's widow in June 1917 were -

a letter, a pipe, a tobacco pouch, a wallet and some photographs.

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 

Jan 1917

Mrs Regan, Schoolhouse Morland received a letter on Tuesday from a sister in charge of one of the clearing stations in France conveying the sad news that her husband, Corporal JP Regan Durham Light Infantry had died of wounds on 18th January. He was admitted to hospital the previous day suffering gunshot wounds in both thighs.

His widow (known as Margo) continued as teacher at Morland School and lived on High Street until her death in 1981. She is buried in Morland Churchyard plaque to ME Regan 1883-1981 

Cumberland News 13/10/16 and 11/11/16 article and short article p.8c

Photo Courtesy of British War Graves