Civilian Ann Elizabeth Vannan was a fatal casualty of the Belfast Blitz during the Second World War. She lived with her parents Henry Vannan and Mary "May" Elizabeth Vannan at 16 York Park, Belfast at the time of the Luftwaffe attack on the city.
Ann Elizabeth Vannan died on 5th May 1941 aged 2 years old at 16 York Street, Belfast. Her mother Mary “May” Elizabeth Vannan died on 7th May 1941 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Her brother George Vannan sustained injuries during the raid and also spent some time in hospital.
Ann Elizabeth Vannan’s grave is in Carnmoney Cemetery, Carnmoney, Co. Antrim. The Belfast Telegraph newspaper published on 8th May 1941 lists Ann’s name as “Elizabeth Ann Vannan”. A funeral service took place at 1430hrs on 9th May 1941 from Messrs. Melville and Co. Ltd., Townsend Street, Belfast.
On 8th May 1941, Ormeau Apprentice Boys Temperance Lodge L.O.L. 978 published their condolences in the Belfast Telegraph:
The Officers and Members of above Lodge regret to learn of the death of the daughter and granddaughter of their esteemed Member Br. H. Taylor and wish to tender to him and family their deepest sympathy.
H. Robinson (Worshipful Master) and W. Bell (Secretary).
7th May 1941
Mary or May Elizabeth Vannan of 16 York Park, Belfast died on 7th May 1941 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast following the Luftwaffe raid on 5th May 1941.
30th November 2020
Carnmoney Cemetery in Co. Antrim is the resting place of many victims of the Belfast Blitz who died as a result of the Luftwaffe raids of April and May 1941.