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14536   Private Mervyn Ross Givan
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 20/03/2021
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
Mervyn Ross Givan was the youngest son of the John Givan and Araminta Reid Givan. John Givan was an M.P. Mervyn was born in Ballygawley on 25th December 1887. He was the youngest of five children. The family lived at Martray Manor. After his father died in 1895, he emigrated to America. By 1911 he was working for a newspaper in Pembina County in North Dakota. He married Mildred Lewis in January 1914. He enlisted in Canada in September 1914. Private Mervyn Ross Givan was serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse when he was killed in action in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Vimy Memorial
  Arras, Pas de Calais, 
Grave Ref: No Ref.
CWGC Casualty 1568397
The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Ballygawley War Dead Book 14
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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.)
6 Pembina County, N Dakota in WWI Photo and details of Private Mervyn Ross Givan
7 Wikipedia - John Givan Details of Mervyn's father
8 Wikipedia - Neche, North Dakota Details of Neche in North Dakota
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023