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The Laverick's
The Lancashire Fusiliers
3 Generations of the Laverick's and Lancashire Fusiliers

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Major J.N.Laverick DCM


Born on 22nd February 1887, Major Laverick has completed 39 years service with The Regiment, with the exception of a short period when he was detailed for service with No. 1 Technical Training Centre, REME, for six months.

Enlisting on 25th May 1905,( under an alias name of John Astbury why we are not sure normally they did that if they where under age to join up) he served the usual recruits period of three months at the Depot. From there he was posted to the 2nd Battalion at Fermoy, in September 1905. In 1908 he was posted to the 1st Battalion in India, and after completing six years there, returned to England to join the 2nd Battalion at Dover in August 1914, in time to proceed with the 2nd Battalion to France and Belgium, where he served until April 1919, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on July 1st at The Somme.

He proceeded to India for a second time, this time with the 2nd Battalion in October 1919, and returned to the 1st Battalion in England in June 1924.
Again, serving overseas took him to Egypt with the 1st Battalion in February 1928, and from there to Gibraltar in May 1929, returning once more to England with the 1st Battalion in February 1930.

After a further spell of five years in England with the 1st Battalion, he was posted to The Depot in 1935, where he remained until detailed for service with No 1 Technical Training Centre, REME in February 1942. From there he was appointed to the Command of The Depot in September 1943.

Major Laverick was promoted to Sergeant in November 1911; W.O.2 in May 1915; W.O.1 in September 1921; gazetted Lieutenant (QM) in October 1926; promoted Captain (QM) in October 1931; promoted Major (QM) in October 1938.

In addition to the Distinguished Conduct Medal, Major Laverick holds the 1914 Star, The British War Medal, The Victory Medal, King George V Jubilee, King George V1 Coronation, War Medal 1939 -1945 and The Long service and Good Conduct Medals.

The appointment of Major J. N. Laverick to command the Depot will no doubt be viewed with pleasure, especially by the Old Boys of "F" Company, 1st Battalion. Of those happy Meerut and Mooltan days.

The Major will be remembered for his fine sportsmanship, his cheerfulness, comradeship, and loyalty, a credit to a famous Regiment with a great record.
A "pukka" fellow. May higher appointments come his way.

Pte. J.N.Laverick
in 1905 ?


This is a photo of it says James Astbury on the back
elieved to be
J. N. Laverick
see letter 1D

The back of photo says
Corporal Astbury
( I am still trying to check the details out )
It looks like he joined under a false name as he was under age.
(See letter)

War Diary
12th July 1916

London Gazette 22nd Sept 1916 and Medal card

Just before they went over the top my granddad was hit in the head by shrapnule and was knock out on return to this officer fell on top of him
War Diary
16th Oct 1916

3 months after he he awarded the DCM

Minden Day 1926

Major J.N. Laverick's
sword in LF Museum

Ships log India to Plymonth
15th Jume 1924

List of all the
Commanding Officers
at Wellington Barracks

CQMS J.N. Laverick

Nowshera India 1921

Lt J N Laverick
Dover 1927

1927 Dover
Lawrence Cup Winners

Belived to have been taken in 1905

this is James Laverick with Margret his only Daughter

Jim Laverick his 2nd Son

A silver salver Andy Harris (Asst Sec at the Tower) has at home, presented to Gen Surtees (Andy's Grandfarther)
when he was Col of the Regt Lancashire Fusiliers 1945–1955

Look just to the left of the LF Crest my Granddads Signature

WO2 Leslie John Laverick

1. 1939-45 Star. 2. French German Star. 3. Defence Medal 4. War Medal 1939-45. 4. GSM Palestine 1945-48 . 5. TAVR Efficiency Medal.

Born in Cherat India 1922 in the Lancashire Fusiliers the 3rd son of Major J N Laverick served with the 4th Dragoon Guards during the WW2 In about 1947 joined 5 LF and finished WO2 CSM C Coy at Bury, He was awarded the Lord Lieutenants award for his services to the TA , he left 5LF was made a company in the first of the army cut backs

Les's Birth Cert born
into the LF's in
Cherat India

Cpl Dennis John Laverick

Joined the junior soldiers as a drummer in 1964 at Sutton Coalfield moved to Weeton Camping 1966 to join 1LF into the Corp of Drums moved to A Coy 1 Plt until I became company driver to Major Ian Cartwright in Hong Kong I was in the athletics team the swimming team and cross country team, when the LF's disbanded I went to 2RRF for six months in Berlin before returning to Bury with 72 Army Youth Team returning to 2RRF at Catterick I did 4 tours of Ireland after the 1st tour of Ireland I moved to the signals plt leaving the army in 1972. When I left the army I joined the association and was for 12years Treasurer of the LF Club. Then I started the Fusiliers Krypton Factor Competition. My team and I ran this competition for 14 years and raised ¼ of a million pounds mostly for the Army Benevolent Fund and Fusiliers Aid Society; I received the Fusiliers Regimental Commendation and medal for my work for the Fusiliers Associations Aid Society, and for services to the Regiment.

I feel so honoured to be given the Number 1 Membership card

Jungle warfare school Malaya

newspaper cutting that goes with that photo

Junior soldiers at Sutton Coalfield

This photo was taken in the RHQ the old QM's (my Grandads) Office
it was in
Lancashire Life
Dave Roberts and Terry Jolliffe also on Photo

Receiveing the Regimental Certificate and medal at a Krypton Factor Presentation Night

My Regimental Medal given to me in 1989

Looking at my granddads sword in the Museum

Pat, Dennis and Tracey at Buckingham Place before going into the Royal Garden Party

The 90th Anniversary
Somme Parade
Victoria Station

The Naming of the
Lancashire Fusilier
With Tony Dale and David Godley
Serco Metrolink MD

4RRF Colours for
(not many of these about)

1LF Atheltics
Hong Kong runner up
to Brian Hobbs

1LF Breast Stroke relay team
A Coy

Presentation of the Regimental Medal of Merit by Col Cartwright and Maj John Hallam
in 1989

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The story of the Krypton Factor Commpetion when we raised £250.000 for Charity mainly the Fusiliers Aid Society and the ABF