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10490   Private Edward Leo Phair
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
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
Summary      
Edward Leo Phair was the only son of Richard and Margaret Phair. He was born in the Pomeroy area near Cookstown on 22nd April 1890. By the time of the 1901 census, the family had moved to Portrush. Both Edward and his father were general labourers. Edward worked as a gardener at the Northern Counties Hotel in Portrush prior to enlisting. Private Phair was seriously wounded and was taken to a casualty clearing station where he died of his wounds on 10th October 1917.
Further Information
Edward Leo Phair was the only son of Richard and Margaret Phair.
Margaret was born in England, so this may explain the difficulty in finding a marriage record in GRONI.
Edward was born in the Pomeroy area near Cookstown on 22nd April 1890.
Family: Richard Phair, Margaret Phair, Annie Marie Phair (born 30th April 1887, Stewartstown), Margaret Phair (born 3rd November 1888, Pomeroy), Edward Phair (born 22nd April 1890, Pomeroy), May Jane Phair (born 25th May 1892, Loughgall).
By the time of the 1901 census, Edward was listed as age 9, living with the family at house 109 in Causeway Street, Portrush. His father was a general labourer.
The 1911 census lists Edward as age 20, living with the family at house 34 in Glenmanus, Ballylagan, County Londonderry. Both Edward and his father were general labourers.
Edward worked as a gardener at the Northern Counties Hotel in Portrush prior to enlisting with the Irish Guards in Coleraine.
Edward Phair joined the Battalion in 1915 and took part in the Battles of La Bassee and Leventie, and Loos. The Irish Guards were moved to the Somme region and took part in the capture of the village of Guillemont in September 1916.
Medal card
In the winter of 1916 he was given leave while suffering from a bad case of trench foot. He went home to recuperate and later rejoined his Battalion which was still based around Gouazeaucourt on the Somme.
The Irish Guards were later moved to Belgium and in the fighting near Poperinghe on the 9th October 1917, Private Phair was seriously wounded.
Private Edward Leo Phair was taken to a casualty clearing station where he died of his wounds the next day on 10th October 1917.
Edward Leo Phair gravestone
Private Edward Leo Phair is buried in Dozinghem Cemetery, Belgium.
Private Edward Phair is commemorated on Coleraine War Memorial and Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour, Portrush.
The CWGC record Private Edward Leo Phair as the son of Richard and Margaret Phair, of 4 Brookvale Terrace, Portrush, Co. Antrim
The book ‘Portrush Heroes 1914-18’ lists Edward on page 84.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central Born in Cookstown area 54.647703 -6.746637
References and Links
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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 FindAGrave.com Gravestone photo of Edward Leo Phair
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Soldiers Died in the Great War Details of Private Edward Leo Phair
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020