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202071   Private Andrew Colvin M.M.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/04/2024
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/02/1888
Died: 23/12/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 29
Andrew Colvin was born 5th February 1888 and was the son of Elizabeth Colvin, Ballynenagh, Moneymore, County Londonderry. Andrew emigrated to Canada. He enlisted with the Canadian Infantry on 10th November 1915 and his attestation papers say that he was unmarried. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall, grey eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He had a half inch scar on his upper lip and a scar on the first finger of his left hand. He served as a dispatch rider with his battalion in France, carrying messages to and from the front lines. During one of his missions he came under attack from the enemy positions and was seriously wounded but managed to stay conscious until he got the message through to his destination. For the action, Andrew was awarded the Military Medal. He was also the recipient of the Belgium ‘Croix de Guerre’.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension
  Bruay, Pas-de-Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave L-3
CWGC Casualty 492467
Bruay is a large village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 6 kilometres south-west of Bethune and 26 kilometres north-west of Arras. Leave Bruay on the N.41 (Bethune/St Pol road). Turn right where signposts indicate Lens/Calonne-Riquart. After 400 metres turn right again, sign Cimetiere Ouest. Continue up the hill past the minor memorial. The cemetery is found after one kilometre on the right hand side. The Commonwealth plot is in the far right hand corner.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Moneymore War Memorial Moneymore
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 237
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1 1901 Census lists Colvin family 1901 census lists Andrew as age 13 at house 25 in Ballynenagh, Loop
2 1911 Census lists Colvin family 1911 census does not lists Andrew at house 18 in Ballynenagh, Loop
3 Andrew Colvin Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (37 no.)
4 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Andrew Colvin
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private Andrew Colvin
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Andrew Colvin's death
7 Photo of Private Andrew Colvin's grave
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023