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Bernard Leavy

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address:
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number: 6595
Date of Death: 25-04-1915
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres/Ieper, Belgium

Bernard was born c.1874 in Co. Longford. Before enlisting for the army Bernard worked as a waiter in Dublin.

He enlisted for the army Jan 1899 in Dublin. Pte. Levavy had a long 21 year military career taking part in the Boer War (1899-1902). He extended his serive with the colours in 1906 and re-engaged in 1910. 

At the time of his death gas attacks were increasing throughout the trenches, the British at that time had no defences against them. The large-scale use of gas by the Germans on the Western Front had begun at Second Ypres. Pte. Leavy's battalion suffered heavily at the Battle of St Julien, incurring hundreds of casualties. They fought without respite in the battles at Frezenberg and Bellewaarde.

It was here that Bernard lost his life. In his will he left behind a prayer book, postcard and three letters to his sister Mrs. L. Reynolds.

Parents Names: Son of Thomas and Mary Leavy of either Templemichael or Moydow Co. Longford.
Notes: Discrepancy in regimental number - 6595 or 6592?

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