Private Michael John O'Connor
Michael John (Jack) O'Connor, 2nd son of Michael O'Connor and his wife, Margaret, in 1894 at Yambo Mantua, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. He is recorded on the 1911 Census of Ireland as having no rank, profession or occupation, however, at the time of enlistment he was serving as a Butcher's Apprentice in Wales.
Jack enlisted with the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. (Liverpool Scottish) and soon joined the 1/10th Battalion as Private 4253 Jack O'Connor.
At 4 p.m. on the afternoon of 15th June 1915, Jack and his regiment marched from their camp at Busseboom, through Ypres and then to Railway Wood at Bellewaarde where they prepared for the coming battle. The Liverpool Scottish were in the second wave in support of the 1st Battalion, Nothumberland Fusiliers with the objective to straighten the Salient and depriving the enemy from occupation of the high ground at Bellewaarde Ridge. In the early hours of Wednesday 16th June, after a long bombardment on the German lines, the British troops attacked.
Private Michael John O'Connor was killed in action 16th June 1915 aged 20, he has no known grave, but is remembered on the Menin Gate Panel 4 and 6.
The Butcher's shop in Liverpool where Jack was Apprenticed (Click image to enlarge)
Kind permission of Joe Dwyer