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2nd Lieutenant James Delargey Lavelle

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry ( Glasgow Commercial ) `D`Company 15th Platoon
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Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of Provost John Lavelle of Brankle House, Coatbridge. James` younger brother Captain Patrick Lavelle of the 5th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers was Killed in Action on the 04/10/1915 (see index)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 20/08/1915 by 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, 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 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. Also remembered on the Drumpellier Cricket Club, Coatbridge Technical College and St Augustines Churches Rolls of Honour and at the Family Plot in Airdrie (St Josephs) RC Cemetery (see photos). James was reburied in Loos British Cemetery (see reburial form). His grave inscription reads " ON WHOSE SOUL SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY "

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