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
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
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
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
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 19451955
Look just to the left of the LF Crest my Granddads Signature