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Thomas Charles Leavy

Rank: Sergeant (D.C.M.)
Street: 3 Ferry Cottages
Townland: Morice Town
Town/Village: Devonport, Devonshire
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Naud's/Noud's Yard, Longford, Ireland; 15 Gawan Terrace, Torpoint, Cornwall
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion [previously Royal Irish Fusiliers]
Regiment Number: 7071 [7684]
Date of Death: 07-03-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Ypres/Ieper
Memorial: Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Thomas was born 14 February 1885 in Longford, and was the son of Patrick Leavy a tailor.
Sgt Leavy enlisted in the army in Longford in 1902. After being transferred to the Reserve, he lived in Devonport and worked at the dockyard there as a coopersmith's mate. He married Florence Adeline on the 26 December 1915 and they lived at 3 Ferry Cottages, Morice Town, Devonport. Thomas's younger brother, Sjt James Leavey, as also a long-standing soldier who served with the 2nd Leinsters during WW1. 

Thomas was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on the 11 March 1916 for an act of bravery at Hooge on the 12th August 1915; he was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery at Loos. The citation stated: "For conspicuous gallantry. A shell hit a dugout, burying two men of his company. Although suffering himself from concussion Lance-Serjeant Leavey [sic] dug these men out under heavy shrapnel fire, and led them to safety. Again, on another occasion, when on patrol duty with an officer and two men, the officer was mortally wounded and he alone being uninjured carried the officer under cover."

Leavy is included in De Ruvigny's Roll on Honour: "... s. of the late Patrick Leavey, Army Master Tailor, by his wife Kate, daug. of Charles MacDonald; b. Longford 14 Feb. 1885; educ. St. Michael's National School, Longford; enlisted 14 Aug. 1902; served seven years with the Colours and joined the Reserve, being then employed as a Coppersmith's Mate at H.M.'s Dockyard, Devonport; was called up on the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Feb. 1915 and was killed in action at Ypres 9 March 1916, being killed by a sniper while attending a wounded comrade. Buried on the under road from Ypres.

Lieut.-Col. G.M. Bullen-Smith wrote: 'He was hit in the temple by a sniper. I daresay you will have heard this officially, but I wou

Parents Names: Son of the late Patrick Leavy and Kate (née MacDonald/ McDonnell) of Naud's Yard, Longford.
Notes: Thomas was a granduncle of the late Michael Reilly, Longford (d. 2014), a veteran of the Second World War. Thomas's widow Florence received news of her husband's death by the Colonel of his unit who wrote: "I deeply regret that I have to tell you that your husband, Sergeant T.C. Leavey, was killed this morning. He was hit in the temple by a sniper. He was a very gallant soldier, and well-deserved the decorations he had won, and which I hoped he would long be spared to wear. You have the deepest sympathy of all of us in your great loss, and I can assure you that your husband will not be forgotten in the Leinsters."

Notice in Longford Leader of Leavy's death ; Memorial Mass in Plymouth Cathedral, March 2016; Irish Identity website; link to Civil Record of birth

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