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  cap badge2nd Lieutenant James Delargey Lavelle

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Commercial) 'D' Company 15th Platoon
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James Delargey Lavelle grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of Provost John Lavelle and Alice Lavelle of Brankle House, Blairhill, Coatbridge. James' younger brother Captain Patrick Lavelle of the 5th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers was Killed in Action on the 04/10/1915. From the 1891 Census - Address - 2 Weir St, Coatbridge - John Lavell aged 33, Alice Lavell aged 28, James Lavell aged 8 months, servant Bridget Hughes aged 23. From the 1901 Census - Address - Brankle House, Coatbridge - John Lavell aged 42, Alice Lavell aged 35, James Lavell aged 10, Alice Lavell aged 9, Annie Lavell aged 8, Patrick Lavell aged 6, John Lavell aged 4, Thomas Lavell aged 3, Margaret Lavell aged 1, Sarah Feenan aged 24, Jessie Reid aged 19, Fanny Reid aged 12.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 20/08/1915 by a bursting shell

Enlisted

Troon 1914

Employed

Civil Mining Engineer with Messrs Gilbert, Thomson and Ferguson, Bath St, Glasgow.

Age

25 / DOB - 08/07/1890

Buried / Remembered

Loos British Cemetery (XVI. G. 15), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

he village has given its name to the battle of the 25th September - 8th October 1915, in which it was captured from the Germans by the 15th (Scottish) and 47th (London) Divisions, and defended by French troops on the 8th October. The cemetery was begun by the Canadian Corps in July 1917, and the graves then made are contained in Rows A and B of Plot I and Row A of Plot II. The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and smaller cemeteries over a wide area North and East of the village. There are nearly 3,000, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, two-thirds from the 1914-18 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to two soldiers from the United Kingdom and four from Canada who are known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 44 soldiers from Canada and 12 from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

Additional Information

James was killed along with Lance Corporal J Nelson from Glasgow when a shell burst close to them during a relief and they are buried next to each other. James was leading his men from their billet to the trenches when a shell burst nearby. He then ordered his men to walk single file ten yards apart. A second shell landed at his feet killing him instantaneously. James was educated at Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire and enlisted as a Private in the 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry when war broke out. He received his commission 2 months later and was transferred to the 12th Battalion. He was well known in cricketing circles (see Newspaper clippings for more information). Also see clippings for letters to James' father from Captain Shaw and Private G Goodwin. James' last letter arrived in Coatbridge the day before he died. See Directory for James' younger brother Patrick's page. James' Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. Also remembered on the Drumpellier Cricket Club, Coatbridge Technical College and St Augustine's Churches Rolls of Honour (with his brother Patrick) and at the Family Plot in Airdrie (St Josephs) RC Cemetery (see photos). James was reburied in Loos British Cemetery (see reburial form). See photos for James' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 6, his Record of Officers' Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his listing in the Scotland National Probate Index 1916, Loos British Cemetery, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. His grave inscription reads "ON WHOSE SOUL SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY".

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