Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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18/11/2017 Private John Lavery is also commemorated on the Blaydon War Memorial.
18/11/2017 Awarded the British War and Victory medals, his mother Ann signed for the medals.
18/11/2017 Private Lavery has no known grave and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial in France.
18/11/2017 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.
18/11/2017 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.
18/11/2017 The battalion was posted abroad on 12th February 1916 and disembarked at Etaples.
18/11/2017 The battalion was formed in Newcastle in September 1914 and trained at Halton Park and Witley.
18/11/2017 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.
18/11/2017 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).
18/11/2017 John lived with his widowed mother Ann Lavery and family at 1 South Street, Blaydon, Newcastle, England. John was working as a labourer.
18/11/2017 The family moved to England.
18/11/2017 John Lavery was born in Pomeroy, County Tyrone about 1889.
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