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01/05/2020 02150
18/11/2017 Edward Lavery was enlisted in Lisburn. He was living in Cookstown at the time.
18/11/2017 Edward Lavery was born on 28th February 1897 in the Lisburn area. He was one of four children from his father’s first marriage.
18/11/2017 Family 1: John Lavery, Ellen Lavery, James Robert Lavery (born 7th January 1893), William John Lavery (born about 1895), Edward Lavery (born 28th February 1897), Richard Lavery (born 11th December 1900).
18/11/2017 The 1901 census lists Edward as age 4, living with the family at house 35 in Ballyellough, Knocknadona, County Antrim. John Lavery was a ploughman.
18/11/2017 Edward’s mother is believed to have died in Lisburn on 16th November 1903, age 44. Edward was eight years old.
18/11/2017 John Lavery married Rachel Taverner on 11th January 1905 in the district of Lisburn. They went on have at least four more children.
18/11/2017 Edward Lavery was the second son of John and Eleanor Laverty. John Laverty and Eleanor McCarthy were married on 19th January 1892 in the district of Lisburn.
18/11/2017 The 1911 census lists Edward as age 14, living with his step-mother and family at house 34 in Young Street, Lisburn, County Antrim. Edward was still at school. His father was a general labourer.
18/11/2017 Private Edward Lavery was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Sunday 16th May 1915 during the Battle of Festubert.
18/11/2017 At 9.00pm on the 16th May 1915 the 2nd Inniskillings formed up in breastworks for an attack, A and D Companies were in the front line with B and C in support. It was a costly attack which claimed the lives of two hundred and forty men.
18/11/2017 Private Edward Lavery has no known grave and Edward is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.
18/11/2017 Private Edward Lavery is also commemorated on the World War One Memorial tablet in Magheragall Parish Church, near Lisburn.
18/11/2017 The CWGC record Private Edward Lavery as the son of John Lavery of 10 Old Hillsborough Road, Lisburn, County. Antrim.
18/11/2017 Family 2: John Lavery, Rachel Lavery, Mark Lavery (born 4th January 1906), Thomas Wesley Lavery (born 1st December 1907), Christina Lavery (born 15th September 1909),Alfred Lavery (born 17th December 1912).
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