|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1891|
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 1916, France|
William Laverty was the son of Nancy Laverty from Urbal, Billy, Dervock, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Shortly after William was born his mother passed away during the terrible flu epidemic that swept through Ireland.
Young William was "taken in" and cared for by the Huey family of Ballycregagh who treated him as one of their own.
When WW1 broke out his brother James Huey who was working in Scotland at the time, joined the Royal Irish Rifles and came home to Ireland to train.
William and his brother Alex Huey joined the Royal Irish Rifles in Belfast. Together, William and Alex completed their training and were sent to France. Always the duo, they fought along side each other in the trenches and managed to be sent home on leave together in June of 1915.
Mrs Huey became very worried when she had not had a letter from William for some time and twice wrote to the army records office seeking news of her son. On the 12th August 1916 she received a letter from her son Alex, telling her William had been killed in action during the battle of the Somme.
William died at the tender age of 19 years.
Rifleman William Laverty
Service No: 642
Royal Irish Rifles
Rifleman William Laverty is remembered on the Stranocum War Memorial, in Stranocum, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland.
Note: Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles.
Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel
Departement de la Somme
Plot: VII. C. 2.
Created by: Annie Mc
Record added: Dec 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12788183