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7551   Rifleman William Laverty
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Dated added: 10/10/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 05/12/1898
Died: 02/06/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 17
William Laverty was the son of Patrick Laverty. William Laverty enlisted in Holywood, County Down. Rifleman William Laverty was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died of wounds on Friday 2nd June 1916. Rifleman Laverty is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. The CWGC record Rifleman W Laverty as the son of Patrick Laverty of Mill Quarter, Toomebridge, County Antrim.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave V-D-19
CWGC Casualty 503108
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
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1 1901 census lists Laverty family 1901 census lists William as age 2, living with the family at house 11 in Millquarter, Ballyscullion, Antrim
2 1911 census lists a William Laverty 1911 census lists a William Laverty as age 14, a servant at house 8 in Ardnaglass, Ballyscullion, Antrim
3 1911 census lists Laverty family 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 47 in Mill Quarter, Ballyscullion, Antrim
4 Ballymena 1914-1918 Brief details of Rifleman William Laverty
5 Photo of Rifleman William Laverty 's grave
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman William Laverty can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman William Laverty 's grave can be purchased here
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