La Nauze, William

La Nauze, William

Lieutenant

4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached Royal Irish Fusiliers

Killed in action on Sunday 16 May 1915 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 40)

Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church Credence Table

BIOGRAPHY

William La Nauze was born on 21 May 1895 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh and he was a son of Thomas Storey La Nauze and Edith Emma La Nauze (nee Deering) who were married on 8 October 1885 in Bailieborough Church of Ireland Church, Co Cavan.  Thomas La Nauze, a gentleman from Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh was a son of Thomas La Nauze, a Church of Ireland Clergyman.  Edith Emma Deering was a daughter of William W. Deering, also a Church of Ireland Clergyman.

The La Nauze family lived at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh.

Thomas Storey La Nauze and Edith Emma La Nauze (nee Deering) had seven children:

Thomas Tagert (born 24 August 1886 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

Thomas Alfred (born 17 August 1887 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

Charles Deering (born 17 October 1888 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

Anna (born 28 May 1890 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

George Mansfield (born 22 December 1891 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

Ellen (born 5 August 1893 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh; married Captain John Southerden Burn, RAMC 26 June 1918 in Glenealy Parish Church of Ireland Church, Co Wicklow)

William (born 21 May 1895 at Manor Highgate, Co Fermanagh)

Their father, Thomas Storey La Nauze, died of peritonitis on 20 September 1895 (aged 48).

In 1901 Edith Emma La Nauze and her surviving children were living in Vesey Place, Dublin with Robert M. Tagert, a retired medical practitioner (aged 88).

Edith Emma La Nauze (nee Deering) was Robert M. Tagert’s adopted daughter.

Edith Emma La Nauze (nee Deering) and George Scott Mansfield were married on 2 November 1904 in St John’s Church of Ireland Church, Monkstown, Co. Dublin and they lived in Ebnal Lodge, Shrewsbury, England.

William La Nauze was educated at the Abbey School, Tipperary, and he joined the Special Reserve in June 1914.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 16 January 1915 and for a time he was stationed at Grey Point Battery, Helen’s Bay.

Lieutenant William La Nauze went with his Regiment to the Front on 2 May 1916 and, just two weeks later, he was killed in action on 16 May 1916 (aged 19).

Lieutenant William La Nauze has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium and on the credence table in Helen’s Bay Church of Ireland Church which bears the following inscription:

THIS

CREDENCE TABLE WAS

ERECTED BY MAJOR F G HILL QC RGA

SEPTEMBER 1914 TO JULY 1919

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE

OFFICERS WHO SERVED UNDER HIM AT GREY POINT

BATTERY AND GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING

AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR

ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY

CAPT W B PEPPER LIEUT C D D SWAIN

LIEUT D O’RORKE ALSO LIEUT C V DARNELL

LIEUT L H McKISACK ATTACHED RFC

ATTACHED INFANTRY OFFICERS

CAPT W A VERSCHOLE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS

LIEUT O B MACAUSLAND INDIAN ARMY

LIEUT W LA NAUZE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES

One week before Lieutenant William La Nauze was killed, his brother, Lieutenant George Mansfield La Nauze, was killed in action.

Lieutenant George Mansfield La Nauze, 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles attached 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, died on 9 May 1915 (aged 23), he has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium (Panel 9).