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10097   Private James Sterling Lavery
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/07/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 14/03/1890
Died: 21/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 24
James Sterling Lavery was the son of William James Lavery and Ellen Lavery, Cookstown, County Tyrone. James was born about 1890 in Cookstown. After leaving school James served his apprenticeship in the offices of Gunnings Factory. James immigrated to Canada where he remained for two years before returning home.James was married to Edith Lavery. James Sterling Lavery joined the army in Cookstown and trained in Omagh. Soon after the outbreak of hostilities he was sent to Dover, from where he went to France in one of the earliest drafts. Private James Sterling Lavery was killed in action on the 21st October 1914. He was 24 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, 2
Grave Ref: VIII. O. 3.
CWGC Casualty 165310
Strand Military Cemetery is 13 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. The cemetery lies on the N365, 4 Kms beyond Mesen and immediately before the village of Ploegsteert on the left hand side of the road.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
3 Second Presbyterian Cookstown Cookstown
4 Gunnings Factory Memorial Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 24
2 Cookstown Academy
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists Lavery family 1901 census lists James as 11 years old
2 1911 Census lists Lavery family 1911 census does not list James as living with his parents at Oldtown St, Cookstown
3 Photo of James Lavery's Gravestone
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of James S Lavery
5 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023