Ravey, William (No. 17/853)

Ravey, William

Rifleman

No. 17/853, ‘D’ Company, 8th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Sunday 2 July 1916 (aged 26)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Reavey.

William Ravey was born on 8 June 1890 at 20 Chadolly Street, Belfast and he was a son of John and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ravey (nee Hughes) who were married on 7 June 1889 in Knock Methodist Church.  John Ravey, a bachelor from 25 Scotch Row, Ballymacarratt was a son of William Ravey, a labourer.  Lizzie Hughes, a minor from 2 Avoniel Road, Ballymacarratt was a daughter of William Hughes, a labourer.

The Ravey family lived at 20 Chadolly Street and at 133 Parkgate Avenue, Belfast.

John Ravey worked as a holder-up and then as a riveter in the shipyard and he and Lizzie had at least six children:

William (born 8 June 1890 at 20 Chadolly Street, Belfast)

John (born 2 March 1892)

David (born 8 April 1894)

Martha (born 2 July 1896)

Elizabeth (born 18 November 1898)

Alfred (born 13 April 1901 at 131 Parkgate Avenue, Belfast)

William Ravey worked as a plumber and he and Agnes Glenn were married on 9 July 1912 in Cregagh Presbyterian Church.  Agnes Glenn from 322 Woodstock Road, Belfast was a daughter of James Glenn, a seaman.

The Ravey family lived at 27 Willowfield Street and at 34 Glenvarlock Street, Belfast.

William and Agnes Ravey (nee Glenn) had one son:

John (born 7 May 1913 at 27 Willowfield Street, Belfast)

William Ravey enlisted in Belfast, he served with the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that he died on the second day of the Battle of the Somme.  In the heat of battle the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles did not make a casualty return on 1 July 1916 and many military historians agree that those 8th Battalion casualties listed on the 2 July return were killed in action on 1 July.

At the time of William Ravey’s death his widow Agnes was living in Greyabbey.

Rifleman William Ravey was 26 when he died and he has no known grave.

Rifleman William Ravey is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on a headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 546).