Edgar Tovery Fay

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Royal Irish
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 8237
Died: 7th September 1915, aged 15 years
Buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave 77)


Edgar was the oldest of 3 siblings born to Alfred Edgar and Maud Louise Fay (nee Tovery), who married in Southampton in 1897.


Alfred was a Publican and was born in Romsey in 1869; he died in Southampton in 1928.

Maud was born in Southampton in 1872 and she passed away in the city in 1902.


At the 1911 Census, Alfred was running the Mariner’s Arms on Town Quay. He then moved on to the Spa Tavern in the city centre; this pub was demolished in the 1990’s to make way for the West Quay shopping centre.



Edgar Tovery 

Norman John   b. 11 September 1898 Southampton d. 7 January 1974 Ampfield   Married Kathleen Margaret Boxall in Southampton in 1924.

Hilda Laura   b. 1900 Southampton   d. ?? She disappears completely after the 1911 Census.


The 1st Battalion Royal Irish were in Nasiribad, India at the outbreak of war. They landed at Devonport on 18 November 1914 and came under the orders of the 82nd Brigade in the 27th Division.


The Division landed at Le Havre on 20 December 1914 and were based around Zillebeke near Ypres in mid 1915.


Edgar probably perished in one of the many skirmishes near “Hill 60”.


Until June 1918, the dead from the hospitals at Boulogne itself were buried in the Cimitiere de L’Est, the Commonwealth graves forming a long narrow strip along the right-hand edge of the cemetery.

It now contains 5,577 Commonwealth WW1 burials; the new cemetery at Terlincthun took over from it in July 1918.


Edgar’s headstone reads :” Sleep on, dear one, for your country you nobly gave your life.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016


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