Service Number: 2505
Enlisted: 10 May 1916, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Quorn, South Australia, 23 February 1893
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Cleaner (SA Railways)
Died: Died of wounds, France, 17 June 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Block P, Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 3B
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murray Bridge Hospital Memorial Gates, Murray Bridge Roll of Honour WW1, Terowie Public School Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2505, 50th Infantry Battalion
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2505, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide

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Rootsweb ID: I709986 Birth Record: 23 February 1893 in Quorn, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 526 Page: 497 District: Fro.)

Father Thomas FANNING and Mother Elizabeth Mary Fanning (nee MARTIN), lived at Murray Bridge, SA.

Mother Elizabeth Fanning (nee Martin) d.15/8/1911 49yrs old
buried in: West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
              Section: Catholic Western Ground; Row #G; Site #81
(beneath Private 2051 Arthur Francis J Carr, d. 13/1/1920)

**Confirmed by ACA -
Elizabeth Fanning (nee Martin) married to Thomas Fanning of Murray Bridge.
This was an unlicensed pauper's grave and Elizabeth had no relationship to Arthur.

Brother: Thomas Fanning (jnr), lived at 38 Stranden St, Murray Bridge, SA
             (b. 1876 - d. 13/7/1959 71yrs - buried in Murray Bridge Cemetery
             Section: Second Drive, Grave #454 A)
Sister:    Alice Rose Fanning (b. 1/11/1882 Hindmarsh, SA)
Brother: James FANNING (b.22/10/1884 Hindmarsh, SA)
Brother: Joseph Fanning (b. 18/10/1896 Quorn, SA)
Sister:    Eileen Fanning (b. 19/9/1898 Quorn, SA)

Father Thomas FANNING
2nd marriage:  Katherine Cahill Laurie.
Sister:    Eileen Katherine FANNING  (b. 16/4/1911  Murray Bridge, SA)
Sister:    Anastasia Katherine FANNING  (b. 27/9/1912 Murray Bridge, SA)
Brother:  John FANNING (b. 22/6/1917 Murray Bridge, SA)
Sister:    Doreen Alice FANNING  (b. 2/9/1918 Murray Bridge, SA)

John lived with his father, step-mother & family in Murray Bridge on enlisting.

Described on enlisting as 23yrs old; single; 
Roman Catholic

10/5/1916     enlisted in Adelaide, SA

21/9/1916     embarked from Outer Harbour, SA, onboard HMAT A73 Commonwealth 
                    as a Private in 50th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement

Private in 50th Battalion

17/6/1917     died of wounds received in action
buried in:       St. Sever Cemetery Extension
                    Block P, Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 3B), Rouen, France

His name is commemorated on Panel 150 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:         British War Medal, Victory Medal


from the Adelaide Chronicle 22 June 1918:-
FANNING.— Died of wounds in France, on the 17th June, 1917,
Private John Fanning, No. 2505, of Murray Bridge, the son of T. Fanning, "Verso," Murray Bridge.
In the bloom of his life God claimed him,
In the prime of his manhood days,
None knew him but to trust him
None spoke his name but to praise.
There came a day when the roll was called,
That he did not answer, "Here!"
He sleeps with comrades his last long sleep,
And he died without a fear. 


Inserted by his sorrowing brother Tom and sister-in-law Maggie, Murray Bridge." -
FANNING.— In loving memory of our dear brother,
                 Private J. Fanning, killed in action in France, June 17, 1917.
Our thoughts they often wander to a soldier's grave,
Your name is often spoken in the home you died to save;
For our hearts are still united with the same fond love for you,
And loving thoughts are cherished of one so brave and true.
Your cheery, sunny countenance will not from memory fade.
Nor yet will we forget the noble sacrifice you made;
And when our hearts are sore for you we seem to hear you say,
Break not your hearts, dear brother, we will meet on the eternal day.

From the Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser 17 Aug 1917
Mr. Thos. Fanning, of Murray Bridge, has been officially notified that his son, Pte. John Fanning, died of wounds in France on June 17. Pte. Fanning was born at Quorn on February 23, 1893, and finished his education at Terowie. After leaving school he worked for about two years for Messrs. Simpson Bros., general storekeepers, of Terowie, and then for Mr. J. Pick, M.P. Subsequently he joined the Loco Department as a cleaner, and while so engaged enlisted for active service. He left for England on September 21, 1916. He was of a cheerful disposition, and was well liked by all who knew him."

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  1/7/2016.   Lest we forget.

Thank you to John Edwards for sourcing the articles.