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Corporal John Laurie Gavin

Royal Engineers 2nd/1st Lowland Division Field Company
Service No: 412127 / 2374

John Laurie Gavin grave





Personal details

Family Information

Only child of Thomas and Mary Harvie Laurie Gavin of Calder Avenue, Coatbridge. In his Will dated 26/06/1915 John left all his property and effects to his mother with the exception of a gold buckle ring in the possession of his mother which he gave to Miss Florence Elizabeth Oliver of 12 Percy St, Ibrox, Glasgow.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 104 Dunbeth Rd, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 01/01/1917 Egypt




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Buried / Remembered

Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt

Cemetery / Memorial Information

In the early part of the First World War, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks and marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916. Kantara developed into a major base and hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916 for burials from the various hospitals, continuing in use until late 1920. After the Armistice, the cemetery was more than doubled in size when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and desert battlefields. KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY contains 1,562 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 110 from the Second World War. There are also 341 war graves of other nationalities in the cemetery, many of them made from the Polish hospital and concentrated in a distinct Polish extension.

Additional Information

John was Killed in Action on New Years Day 1917. Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College, Coats Parish Church and Coatbridge High Schools Rolls of Honour (see photos). Johns grave inscription reads " FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS >>> KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE >>> SLEEPING "

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