John Kenneth Munro

In loving memory of Mary Elizabeth Munro who died in infancy 1886; Gunner John K Munro, RGA, died at Devonport 31stJan 1917 aged 37; Mary, beloved wife of Finlay Munro, d 30th Sep. 1920; also the said Finlay Munro died 23rd Sep 1927.
Side: The Burying Ground of Finlay Munro

CWGC: John Kenneth Munro, Gunner, 38th Coy, Royal Garrison Artillery, Service No. 129589; d. 31 January 1917, a. 37.  M 826

John Kenneth Munro was born in Edinburgh in 1879, the eldest child of Finlay Munro and his wife Mary McLennan, who had married in Dingwall in 1878.  Finlay was born in Tain, Ross and Cromarty, but had moved to Edinburgh by 1871.  He worked for the G.P.0., initially as a letter carrier and then as a sorting clerk.  The family lived at 46 Marchmont Crescent for many years.  

John Kenneth Munro was a clerk before the war.  He served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery and died from tuberculosis in Keppel Place Hospital, Devonport, on 31 January 1917.  At the time of his death he was based at the Breakwater Fort, built in the 1860s to defend the entrance to Plymouth Harbour, and used as a signal station in WW1 and an anti-aircraft station in WW2.  

John Kenneth Munro’s brother, George Finlay Munro (1888-1970), emigrated to Canada in September 1911.  He enlisted in Winnipeg in January 1915 and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France. He died in Manitoba in 1970.