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14536   Private Mervyn Ross Givan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 14/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/12/1887
Died: 24/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
Summary      
Mervyn Ross Givan was the youngest son of the John Givan and Araminta Reid Givan (nee Ross). Mervyn was born in Ballygawley on 25 December 1887. Mervyn Givan was 25 years old when he enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec, Canada on the 24th September 1914. He was married to Mildred Givan and working as a printer. Private Mervyn Ross Givan was serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) when he was killed in action in France on 24 May 1915.
Further Information
Mervyn Ross Givan was the youngest son of the John Givan and Araminta Reid Givan (nee Ross). Mervyn was born in Ballygawley on 25 December 1887.
John and Araminta had 5 children: Elizabeth Maud Givan (b. 19 May 1879), Edward Rowland Carroll (b. 4 August 1909, Dublin), Araminta Effa Jane Givan (b. 3 May 1883), John Vernon Givan, (b. 20 January 1884), Edward Littan Givan, (b. 21 August 1885), Mervyn Ross Givan (b. 25 December 1887).
The family lived at Matray Manor, Ballygawley.
No record of the family can be found on either the 1901 or 1911 Ireland census.
Mervyn Givan was 25 years old when he enlisted in Valcartier, Quebec, Canada on the 24th September 1914. He was married to Mildred Givan and working as a printer.
Private Mervyn Ross Givan was serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) when he was killed in action in France on 24 May 1915. He was 27 years old.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Givan was killed in action on 25th May 1915. He was killed on the morning of the 25th, whilst taking part with his troop in an attack on Festubert.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17 June 1915
Mr Mervyn Ross Givan, who has been killed in action in France, was the youngest son of the late Mr John Givan, Matramay Manor, Ballygawley.
Trooper Mervyn Ross Givan is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Matray Manor Ballygawley Lived in Matray Manor, Ballygawley 54.470337 -7.015314
References and Links
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1 Canadian Great War Project Details of Trooper Mervyn Ross Givan
2 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Mervyn Ross Givan
3 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Mervyn Ross Givan's death
4 Descendants of Robert Ross Children of Araminta ROSS and John GIVAN
5 Mervyn Ross Givan Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (32 no.)
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