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  cap badgeCorporal John Laurie Gavin

Royal Engineers 2/1st (Lowland) Field Company
Service No: 412127 / 2374

John Laurie Gavin grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son 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. John had a Canadian uncle Albert who visited the Gates family in 1911. He was an accountant. From the 1901 Census - Address - Calder Cottage, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge - Thomas Gavin aged 39, Mary Gavin aged 33, Maggie W Gavin aged 10, James Gavin aged 8, John L Gavin aged 3. John's Pension was awarded to his mother Mary of Birnam Lodge, Woodburn Ave, Airdrie on the 22/08/1919.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 104 Dunbeth Rd, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 01/01/1917 in Egypt




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Buried / Remembered

Kantara War Memorial Cemetery (A. 151), 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

The 2/1st (Lowland) Field Company (412th) was part of the 52nd (Lowland) Division. John was Killed in Action on New Year's Day 1917. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at John is also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College, Coats Parish Church and Coatbridge High Schools Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his Headstone Report x 2, Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, the Royal Engineers Cap Badge and John's Pension Records x 3. John's grave inscription reads "FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING LEAVE WE NOW OUR LOVED ONE SLEEPING".

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