Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Northam, Southampton
Service No.: 204121
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 1/4th (T.F.) Battalion
Died: 24th February 1917 aged 20 years
Death Location: Mesopotamia
Life before the War
John was born 1897 in Northam, Southampton. His parents were John and Elizabeth. John senior was born 1871 in Guernsey and Elizabeth, nee Bichard, was born 1873 in Southampton. They married 6th August 1892 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Guernsey. John’s siblings were Margaret born 1894, Kathleen 1899, Gertrude 1902 and Edward 1910. Edward was born in Southampton whilst the other children were born in Guernsey.
The 1901 census shows the family living in Guernsey at Church Road. John senior was a Stone Cracker.
By the 1911 census the family had moved to Southampton. John junior was a News Boy. His father worked as a Labourer in the Docks. They were living at 38 York Street, Northam, Southampton.
John enlisted in Southampton joining the Hampshire Regiment, 1/4th (T.F.) Battalion. His rank was Private, service number 204121.
He was killed in action on 24th February 1917 aged 20 in Mesopotamia.
He is Remembered with Honour on the Basra Memorial. The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.
National Roll of the Great War
“Kavanagh, J., Private, 1/5th Hampshire Regiment.
Volunteering in September 1914 he was drafted to India with his unit in the same month. After a short period of service there he was sent to Mesopotamia where he saw much severe fighting and was unfortunately drowned on February 24th 1917 whilst crossing the River Tigris. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
11, York Street, Northam, Southampton”
The Channel Islands and the Great War
“Private John Kavanagh
1st/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Son of John and Elizabeth Kavanagh, of 11, York St., Northam, Southampton. Grandson of Mrs T Bichard, Grande Maison, St Sampson. Born in St Sampson, Guernsey. Resident at Southampton.
Killed in action in Mesopotamia, aged 20 years”.