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11099   Sergeant John McGarvey
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 11/08/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 38
Summary      
John James McGarvey was a son of Thomas McGarvey. He was born about 1877 in the Cookstown area. John McGarvey enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in Dundalk, County Louth. He was living in Belfast at the time. Sergeant John McGarvey was serving with 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Gallipoli near The Farm, Anzac, on Wednesday 11th August 1915.
Further Information
John James McGarvey was a son of Thomas McGarvey. He was born about 1877 in the Cookstown area.
John McGarvey enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles in Dundalk, County Louth. He was living in Belfast at the time.
Medal card
Before John McGarvey arrived in Gallipoli he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Sergeant John McGarvey was serving with 6th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he was killed in action at Gallipoli near The Farm, Anzac, on Wednesday 11th August 1915.
The battalion suffered very heavy losses on this day of intense fighting and fifty men were killed.
In his will, John McGarvey left all to his sister/daughter Lizzie McGarvey, who was living at 21 Servia Street, Belfast
Last Will and Testament of Sergeant John McGarvey dated 22 April 1915:
John McGarvey : Handwritten Will
John McGarvey : Will Information
The Will of 11099 Sergeant John McGarvey 6th R I Rifles. In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to Miss Lizzie McGarvey of 21 Servia Street, Belfast. 22 April 1915.
Sergeant John McGarvey has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli in Turkey.
The CWGC records Sergeant John McGarvey as the son of the late Thomas McGarvey.
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References and Links
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1 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of John McGarvey
2 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020