2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
21/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
James Sterling Lavery was the son of William James Lavery and Ellen Lavery, Cookstown, County Tyrone. James was born about 1890 in Cookstown. After leaving school James served his apprenticeship in the offices of Gunnings Factory. James immigrated to Canada where he remained for two years before returning home.James was married to Edith Lavery. James Sterling Lavery joined the army in Cookstown and trained in Omagh. Soon after the outbreak of hostilities he was sent to Dover, from where he went to France in one of the earliest drafts. Private James Sterling Lavery was killed in action on the 21st October 1914. He was 24 years old.
Strand Military Cemetery is 13 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. The cemetery lies on the N365, 4 Kms beyond Mesen and immediately before the village of Ploegsteert on the left hand side of the road.