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195380   Private John McGarvey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 27/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 52nd Battalion (Ontario Regiment), Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 09/12/1892
Died: 19/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 24
Summary      
John McGarvey was born on 9th December 1893. He was a son of Michael and Mary McGarvey of Dirnan, Lissan, Cookstown. He emigrated to Canada and enlisted in 1915 when he was twenty-two years of age. His enlistment papers state, he was five feet seven inches tall with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion. He worked as a labourer and was single. He listed his father as next of kin.
Further Information
John McGarvey was a son of Michael and Mary McGarvey. Michael McGarvey married Mary McAleer on 31st May 1885 in the district of Cookstown.
John McGarvey was born on 9th December 1893. He was one of eleven children, eight surviving.
Known family: Michael McGarvey, Mary McGarvey, Katherine Kate McGarvey (born 21st November 1887), Mary Ann McGarvey (born 6th March 1889), Patrick McGarvey (born 26th March 1890), Bridget McGarvey (born 13th August 1891), John McGarvey (born 9th December 1892), Michael McGarvey (born 1st July 1894), Lizzie Lucy Ellen McGarvey (born 26th August 1896), Francis James McGarvey (born 9th March 1898), Thomas McGarvey (born 23rd November 1899), Daniel McGarvey (born 21st July 1901).
The 1901 census lists John as age 8, living with his grandparents and the family at house 12 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper, County Londonderry.
The 1911 census lists John as age 18, living with the family at house 12 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper. They were a farming family. Johnís father, Michael, was born in America.
John McGarvey emigrated to Canada. He arrived in Quebec in August 1912, bound for Peterborough, Ontario. He was a farmer.
Prior to enlisting, John was employed as a labourer and his address was given as the Grand Hotel, Peterborough, Ontario.
John McGarvey enlisted at Peterborough on 1st December 1915. His enlistment papers state, he was five feet seven inches tall with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion. He worked as a labourer and was single. He listed his father as next of kin.
Canadian Attestion Papers - John McGarvey 1/2
Canadian Attestion Papers - John McGarvey 2/2
Vimy Ridge photo
Private John McGarvey was serving with the 52nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (New Ontario Regiment) when he died of wounds on 19th April 1917.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private McGarvey died of wounds at No 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on 19th April 1917.
Private John McGarvey is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Aubigny-en-Artois is a village 15 kilometres north-west of Arras on the road to St. Pol. The village was held by commonwealth forces from March 1916 until the Armistice.
The CWGC record Private John McGarvey as the son of Michael and Mary McGarvey, of Dirnan, Lissan, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Dirnan, Lissan Upper Lissan Census listing in Dirnan, Lisson Upper 54.703112 -6.762758
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1 1901 Census lists McGarvey family 1901 census lists John as age 8 at house 12 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper
2 1911 Census lists McGarvey family 1911 census lists John as age 18 at house 12 in Dirnan, Lisson Upper
3 Canada Passenger lists John McGarvey's immigration record
4 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private John McGarvey
5 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private John McGarvey
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private John McGarvey's death
7 John McGarvey Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (28 no.)
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John McGarvey's grave can be purchased here
9 Wikipedia - 52nd Battalion Details of the 52nd Battalion (New Ontario)
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023