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John Gavin / Gavan

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Moyvore, Co. Westmeath
Civil Parish: Templepatrick (Westmeath)
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Ballymahon, Co. Longford;
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 1478
Date of Death: 27-07-1917
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

John was born in Moyvore on the 25 July 1891, the son of Patrick who was a tinsmith and likely a member of the Travelling community. John may have spent time in the Ballymahon workhouse as a child, as his younger siblings: Mary, Joseph and Margaret were all born there between 1894 and 1899. He was married to Lizzie, likely Elizabeth Power*. 

Pte Gavin enlisted in Longford Barracks.


Parents Names: Son of Patrick Gavin and Bridget (née McDonald), later of Tonaphort, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
Notes: Ireland's Memorial Records gives his address as Moyvorne (sic), Ballymahon, Co. Longford. *Their son, Patrick, was born in Ballymahon workhouse in 1914 - John's name is not given, but Lizzie's maiden name is struck out and replaced with Gavan.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Civil Record of birthpossible Civil Record of marriage

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