Bernard Laverty was the son of Charles and Catherine Laverty. Bernard was born in September 1899 in Clonoe, Coalisland, County Tyrone. Private Laverty served with the Connaught Rangers. Private Bernard Laverty was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Leinster Regiment when he was killed in France on the 4th September. He was killed just 12 days before is 19th birthday.
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 Kms along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 Kms beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.