James Frederick Brennan was born at Seaforth in 1876. He was the son of William Brennan and Mary (nee Mulligan), the first of their children to be born in England.
 
His parents were both born in Ireland; his father in Roscommon and his mother in Wicklow. They were married in the Rathdown Registration district - which covers Counties Dublin and Wicklow - in 1870. Their three eldest children, Catherine Mary, John and Mary Anne were born at Dublin in 1871, 1873 and 1875.
 
James' younger siblings were Andrew William (b 1878) and Ann Elizabeth (b 1881)
 
1881 Census - 42b Forth Street, Kirkdale - Parents William and Mary with children Catherine, John, Frederick and William . William Brennan senior was a ship's painter
 
1891 Census - 1 Audley Street, Bootle - Parents William and Mary with children John, Fredk, William and Anne and Mary. William Brennan senior was a house painter
 
James' parents had both died by 1901. His sister Catherine married James McCormick at St.James R.C. Church, Bootle in 1899.
 
1901 Census - 17 Scott Street, Bootle - James and Catherine McCormick, Peter McCormick (father) plus brothers-in-law John, James and William Brennan. All three were unmarried and working as labourer, coal trimmer (steamship). Annie Brennan was a servant a few doors away at 29 Scott Street.
 
Annie Brennan married Thomas O'Connor at St.James R.C. Church, Bootle in 1903.
 
James Frederick Brennan married Emily Taylor in 1907 in the West Derby registration district. They had two children, Mary Helena (b 1907) and Josephine Agnes (b 1909).
 
1911 Census - Bank House, Great Crosby - Emily Brennan – servant age 33 – married 5 years with 2 children born and alive (but not living with her) was residing in the household of John and Eleanor Hanewinkel.  
 
In 1911 Josephine Agnes Brennan was living with her grandparents, Peter and Margaret Taylor, at Wilson's Lane, Litherland and Mary Helena (Lena) Brennan was living with her aunt, Catherine McCormick (nee Brennan), at 28 Hood Street, Bootle.
 
1911 Census - 51 Keats Street, Bootle - Ann Elizabeth O'Connor and children Eileen, Desmond and Gerard.
 
James Frederick Brennan was killed when the S.S. Princess Royal was torpedoed and sunk on the 26th May 1918 by U-101 off the coast of Cornwall.
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 28th June 1918. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
 LOST ON MINED VESSEL.
   It has now been established beyond hope that James Frederick Brennan, of 30, Tennyson-street, Bootle, was lost at sea on May 26th, through the mining of the vessel on which he was serving.
   Brennan was educated at St James’ Schools, and was 41 years of age. His widow and two children will have the sincere sympathy of many friends in the borough. The deceased was popular with all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and not least by his relatives, among whom are his sister, Mrs O’Connor, and his brother-in-law who reside at 51, Keats-street.

Bootle Times 28th June 1918

 
Death notices appeared in the Bootle Times on the 21st and 28th of June 1918
 

IN MEMORIAM.

BRENNAN, - In loving memory of James Frederick, of 30, Tennyson-street, Bootle, who was lost at sea on May 26th. - Fondly remembered y his Sister and Brother-in-law.
Could we have raised his dying head,
   Or heard his last farewell,
The blow would not have been so hard
   To those who love him well.

Bootle Times 21st June 1918

 

LOST AT SEA.

BRENNAN, - In sad memory of James Frederick Brennan, 30, Tennyson-street, Bootle, lost at sea May 26th, 1918. - From his Sister Annie and Brother-in-law, Tom, Nieces and Nephews, Eileen, and his dear friend Auntie Ann, 51, Keats-street.
I little thought when I said good-bye
It would be the last parting between you and I;
I loved you in life, but you are dear to me still,
But in this bitter grief I must bend to God's holy will.

Bootle Times 28th June 1918

James Frederick's wife and daughters lived at 31 Liverpool Road, Great Crosby after the war.
 
His widow, Emily, died at 34 Field Lane, Litherland in 1961, aged eighty-three. She was buried in her parent's grave at Ford R.C. Cemetery (grave P 447).
 
Neither of James and Emily's daughters married. They both died at 34 Field Lane and were buried with their mother and grandparents. Mary Helena died in 1946 aged thirty-eight and Josephine Agnes died in 1983 aged seventy-three.
 
 
 
Of your charity pray for the soul of
 
MARY JOSEPHINE,
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
PETER & MARGARET TAYLOR,
WHO DIED AUGUST 14TH 1893,
IN HER 18THYEAR.
 
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
PETER TAYLOR,
WHO DIED 13TH AUGUST 1917, AGED 70 YEARS.
 
ALSO OF MARGARET TAYLOR,
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 31ST MARCH 1922, AGED 75 YEARS.
 
ALSO MARY HELENA,
GRAND-DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 15TH AUGUST 1946, AGED 38 YEARS
 
R.I.P.