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10490   Private Edward Leo Phair
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 31/08/2016
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 22/04/1892
Died: 10/10/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 25
Edward Leo Phair was born in Cookstown. He was the only son of Richard and Margaret Phair. The family later moved to Portrush. Edward Phair joined the Battalion in 1915 and took part in the Battles of La Bassee and Leventie, and Loos. The Irish Guards were later moved to Belgium and in the fighting near Poperinghe on the 9th October 1917, Edward Phair was seriously wounded. He was taken to a casualty clearing station were he died of his wounds the next day.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
  Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave 9-J-4
CWGC Casualty 153666
The cemetery is located to the north-west of Poperinge near Krombeke. From Ieper follow the directions to Poperinge along the by-pass. At the end of the by-pass at the traffic lights turn right into Oostlaan. Follow Oostlaan over the roundabout to the end of the road. Turn left into Veurnestraat and follow along here to the first turning on the right. (From Poperinge centre, follow the directions to Veurne along the Veurnestraat to the second turning on the left.) Turn into Sint-Bertinusstraat and follow this road up the rise and round a left hand bend. After the bend, take the right hand turning in the direction of Krombeke along the Krombeekseweg. Follow the Krombeekseweg past the "De Lovie" centre where the road name changes to Leeuwerikstraat and then past a cafe on the left. Approximately 500 meters after the cafe on the left, you will see a sign for the cemetery pointing to a track on the right into the woods. The cemetery is along here at the end of the track.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 225
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1 1901 Census lists Phair family 1901 census lists Edward as age 9 at house 109 in Causeway Street, Portrush
2 1911 Census lists Phair family 1911 census lists Edward as age 20 at house 34 in Glenmanus, Ballylagan, Londonderry
3 Gravestone photo of Edward Leo Phair
4 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Edward Leo Phair
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018