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21933   Private James Edward Lavery
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 07/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
Summary      
James Edward Lavery was born about 1884. The CWGC record Private James Edward Lavery as the son of Joseph and Mary Lavery of Lagan Street, Belfast. It seems reasonable to assume that the Joseph and Mary listed are the two people referred to by the CWGC. The most likely possibility is that Mary was not his mother and his father remarried. James Lavery enlisted in Cookstown. Private James Edward Lavery was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Monday 7th October 1918.
Further Information
James Edward Lavery was born about 1884.
The CWGC record Private James Edward Lavery as the son of Joseph and Mary Lavery of 31 Lagan Street, Belfast.
Joseph Lavery married Mary Moan on 30th July 1890 in Belfast.
The 1901 census does not list James Edward as living with the family at house 37 in Friendly Street, Belfast. Joseph was a van driver.
The 1911 census does not list James Edward as living with the family at house 29 in Lagan Street, Belfast.
It seems reasonable to assume that the Joseph and Mary listed are the two people referred to by the CWGC. The most likely possibility is that Mary was not his mother and his father remarried. James was born about 1884. Joseph and Mary were married in July 1890.
Joseph and Mary had four children: Joseph Lavery, Mary Lavery, Francis Lavery (born 13th May 1891) Thomas Lavery (born about 1894), Mary Elizabeth Lavery (born 29th May 1895), Peter Lavery (born 13th July 1904).
James Lavery enlisted in Cookstown, joining the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with service number 18467.
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Although the family were living in Belfast, James was probably working in Cookstown.
James Lavery later transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Private James Edward Lavery was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Monday 7th October 1918.
Private James Lavery has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.
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1 1901 Census lists Lavery family 1901 census does not list James Edward as living with the family at house 37 in Friendly Street, Cromac, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Lavery family 1911 census does not list James Edward as living with the family at house 29 in Lagan Street, Cromac, Antrim
3 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers Enlisted Cookstown, killed in action
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020