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   Lieutenant Samuel Garvin
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 20/09/1896
Died: 27/03/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Samuel Garvin was the son of William and Sara Garvin. He was born in Castledawson on 20th September 1896. The family lived in Magherafelt up until 1899. By 1901 the family had moved to Belfast. Samuel’s father worked in a bar. Samuel attended Skegoneil School in Belfast. Samuel Garvin entered the Officer Training Corps (O.T.C.) at Queens University on 27 May 1913. The following year he attended Queens from 14 October 1914, studying Science. He was there for one year. Lieutenant Samuel Garvin was serving with the 9th Battalion, attached to the 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Gaza, Syria on 27 March 1917. He was 20 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gaza War Cemetery
Grave Ref: Grave II-C-4
CWGC Casualty 650106
Gaza is 3 kilometres inland from the Mediterranean coast, 65 kilometres south-west of Tel Aviv. From Israel stop at the Erez Crossing point and enter the VIP cabin for a pass to enter Gaza. Walk through "no man's land" to the taxis on the other side. Gaza War Cemetery is 1.5 kilometres north-east of the city near the Bureir Road and 370 metres from the railway station. The Cemetery is approximately 8 kilometres to the left of the main dual carriageway, Highway 250 through Gaza, and is about 200 metres back from the road through an avenue of trees. Alternatively, turn left off the highway after 4 kilometres, continuing with Highway 4 until Sha'arei Aza junction and turn right, then turn right into Gaza proper, heading back towards the border. In this direction the cemetery will be found on the right hand side after approximately 3 kilometres.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Queens University - WW1
2 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 37
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1 1901 Census lists Garvin family 1901 census lists Samuel as age 4 living with the family at house 5 in Cavehill Road, Clifton Ward, Belfast, Antrim
2 1911 Census lists Garvin family 1911 census lists Samuel as age 14 living with the family at house 9 in Landscape Terrace. Clifton, Antrim
3 Calendars of Wills and Administrations Details of will of Lieutenant Samuel Garvin
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of 2nd Lieut Sam Garvin
5 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
6 Queen’s University War Memorial Faculty of Science 1914-15
7 Queens University and WW1 Queens University details
8 Royal Welsh Fusiliers Details of death of Lieutenant Samuel Garvin
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant Samuel Garvin's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023