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3rd October 2010

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Belfast Telegraph Tuesday June, 6, 1944 Invasion


Gunner Jim Lennon's War Records

from the Army Personnel Centre, Glasgow

To send away for service records for yourself of your relative, go here

there is quite a waiting time now  .. Mary

The time period depends on just how busy they are, there seems to be a rush at the moment, we sent for these records 19th October 2008, they replied almost immediately to acknowledge receipt of the application (SARS Form) and a further letter to apologise for the delay, the records arrived 10th December.
The records are all photocopies of the originals, as the original documents are larger than A4 some are multiple scans i.e.. the same page scanned twice or 4 times to ensue all information is shown, you can rescan or photograph these individually and use a handy free programme called '
Autostitch' which will merge all as one document.


I have added the documents as thumbnails, simply click on them to enlarge


Boys Model old boy seeks 1920s answers...

In an article in the Community Telegraph (North Down and Ards Community Telegraph) on June 29/30, the outgoing headmaster of Ashfield Boys School, Andy McMorran, mentions his spell at the Boys Model. Perhaps he or some of your readers can help me.  I was born in 1919 and after a period at Alexander PE National School (around 1924) we moved to Cliftonville where I attended Belfast Boys Model School around 1927.  It was a nissan hut in the grounds of the girls' school, accessed by a potholes dirt lane. The headmaster was Mr. Haslett and vice principal was Mr. Stevenson, whose son Jim, was in my class.  My family are pressing me to write about my life and I cannot find anything at Proni (the Public Records Office Northern Ireland) which helps me with dates etc. for that period.  Due to the big crash of 1929/1930 I didn't finish elementary school and wondered if anyone knows what happened to all the old school records for the Boys Model.  Were they passed on to the new Model?  Was there/is there an old boys association for the old school?  I did go to two more schools - Carnmoney PE No2 and Hillman Street McCrory Memorial School.

From Yvonne Allan, E2m Disclosure 2
Army Personnel Centre
MS Support
Mail Point 535, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX


Dear Mr. Lennon, Thank you for your letter dated 19 October 2008, requesting disclosure of information from your Personal file. I am now in a position to provide the information requested in accordance with section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA98), which I am enclosing with this letter.

It may be helpful if I explain that in accordance with Section 7(4) of DPA98 any data containing references to a 3rd parties or legal advice have been redacted.

I do hope that this is helpful and fulfils your requirements. If I can be of any further assistance or you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me in the first instance.

there is further reference to helpful contact addresses for complaints etc,

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Army Form B284

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Medical Report Pt2

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Military History Sheet

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Military History cont.

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Medical History Sheet2

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Report of Medical exam

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Regimental Conduct Sheet

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Service and Casualty 1

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Casualty Card

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Record of Correspondence

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Dental Treatment Card

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Impending Release

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Statement of Service

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Record 1

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Records 2

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Records 3

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Records 4



Jim and Sydney Kennedy 1933



    1942                                      1939
My Dad and WWII


Jim and Kay Lennon 2008

Poster Reunites old soldier pals

     Jim Lennon
         Burma, 1945. Jim Lennon, one of the famous 12-Mile Snipers, is with his Regiment, sweating it out and being eaten alive by mosquitoes deep in the jungle. Japanese troops are waiting in their thousands. Jim knows it will be a fight to the death. No one is expected to walk out of that jungle alive.
But Jim does. Yet his hardest battle lies ahead. Today, the onset of osteoporosis has compromised Jim's mobility. He needed help and we were proud and honoured to give it. The Legion provided him with a mobility scooter. Now he finds it so much easier to care for his housebound wife and get around.

     My Dad,  James Lennon was 'called up' on Friday 25th August, 1939, he had to report at Dunmore at 3.00pm and he got home again at 5.30pm.

     He sailed for England, from Northern Ireland on the 6th November, 1939 and went to France on the 19th December, 1939, he ended up in Burma for 3 years with no leave !

     This is his story.................

"We were all fighting in the same war but each person lived it differently".

       Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, above Frank Novins fish shop on the Old Park Road, which his father managed, Arthur and Mary Anne welcomed the birth of their first son on the 19th of October 1919, their next son Arthur Linton died shortly after birth. Jim grew up in Belfast, attending first Alexandra PE in Alexandra Park, he remembers his first day at school, age five, "Tommy Foster (10) a neighbour took me by the hand to school on my first day, there was only one long room with a fireplace and benches tiered on three walls with the oldest students on the back benches." After that they moved from the Old Park Road to 50 Mountcollier Street, then to Rosapena Street which were Council owned houses, this was at the time of the depression when people were committing suicide because of the debts they owed and couldn't pay, his father couldn't pay the rates, Jim and his mother Mary then moved to 9 Evolina Street to live with Mary's parents and Aunt, while his father was living in derelict houses and avoiding the police but he eventually had to serve six months in prison as did many others at that time. While living at Evolina Street, Jim attended Hillman Street school, although not too often he tells me, "Things were just too crazy then, it was a bad time."
       After that they moved to Carnmoney where they lived in old Nissan huts, tin corrugated huts and Jim attended Carnmoney PE or Ballyduff PE, he's not sure which it was called, they then moved to 33 Ritchie Street which is where they still were when Jim was 'called up' to serve in WWII, when I say 'called up', I mean volunteered as the men from Northern Ireland were all voluntary soldiers.

some day there will be more.........

Fergal Keane - 26th September 2010