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Captain Patrick Joseph Aloysius Lavelle

5th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers attached to 155th Trench Mortar Battery
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Son of Provost John Lavelle of Brankle House, Coatbridge. Patricks older brother 2nd Lieutenant James Lavelle of the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 20/08/1915 (see index)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 04/10/1918

Enlisted

Coatbridge 08/1914

Employed

Medical Student at Glasgow University

Age

24

Buried / Remembered

Cantaing British Cemetery, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Cantaing was captured on the 21st November, 1917, by the 51st (Highland) and 6th Divisions, with Cavalry and Tanks. It was held against attack on the 1st December, but given up a few days later. It was recaptured at the end of September, 1918, and the British Cemetery was made by the 52nd Division Burial Officer immediately after. There are nearly 70, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified.

Additional Information

Patrick was killed while commanding the 155th Trench Mortar Battery. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in August 1914 and sometime afterwards received his Commission as Captain. He was awarded the Croix De Guerre with Palms and was twice mentioned in despatches by General Allenby. On a visit home in June 1918 he was honoured by the Coatbridge Town Council and presented (by his father) with a gold wristlet watch. Also remembered on the St Augustines Church Roll of Honour and at the Family Plot in Airdrie (St Josephs) RC Cemetery (see photos). Patricks grave inscription reads " ON WHOSE SOUL SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY "

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