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13411   Private John Lavery
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Summary      
John Lavery was born in Pomeroy, County Tyrone about 1889. The family moved to England. John was a labourer. At the outbreak of the war John was living in Blaydon-on-Tyne and enlisted on 27 August 1914 in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Private John Lavery was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Further Information
John Lavery was born in Pomeroy, County Tyrone about 1889.
The family moved to England.
John lived with his widowed mother Ann Lavery and family at 1 South Street, Blaydon, Newcastle, England. John was working as a labourer.
Family: Ann Lavery, Patrick Lavery (born about), Michael Lavery (born about), Joseph Lavery (born about), Thomas Lavery (born about), John Lavery (born about 1889, Pomeroy), Sarah Lavery (born about), Mary Lavery (born about).
At the outbreak of the war John was living in Blaydon-on-Tyne and enlisted on 27th August 1914 in Newcastle-on-Tyne with the 15th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. He was 57 tall, weighed 157 lbs. with 34 chest and had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.
Medal card
The battalion was formed in Newcastle in September 1914 and trained at Halton Park and Witley.
The battalion was posted abroad on 12th February 1916 and disembarked at Etaples.
Private John Lavery landed with is unit at Boulogne on 11th September 1915. As a volunteer battalion, they were posted to further training with other experienced units on the Western Front, before their first action during the Somme Offensive.
Private John Lavery was serving with the 15th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
Private Lavery has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial in France.
Awarded the British War and Victory medals, his mother Ann signed for the medals.
Private John Lavery is also commemorated on the Blaydon War Memorial.
Blaydon War Memorial
Blaydon War Memorial - Private John Lavery
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Pomeroy area Pomeroy Born in Pomeroy area 54.594307 -6.925109
References and Links
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1 Blaydon War Memorial Details of Private John Lavery
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
3 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private John Lavery
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020