Timothy Lafferty

TIMOTHY LAFFERTY (1890 - 1915)

Timothy was born in April 1890, the middle of three brothers who died in World War 1. He grew up with his family in the Prestbury area. By 1911, he was living in Carrington, Greater Manchester. However, he returned to Macclesfield in 1912 to follow the footsteps of his brother by enlisting with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

We do have many details relating to Timothy's military career but his 'Medal Rolls Index Card' notes he entered the "theatre of war" on 11 August 1914. Having disembarked at Le Havre, Henry moved on to Rouen where his Unit took up the role of Lines of Communication troops. Being posted as a member of the original British Expeditionary Force meant Timothy became, what the regular army troops delighted in being called, one of 'The Old Contemptibles'.

Six months after the death of Henry, Timothy was 'Killed in Action' on 16 May 1915. On that date, the second phase of the attack on Aubers Ridge, The Battle of Festubert, was taking place. The website www.1914-1918.net describes the events of that day which may have resulted in Timothy losing his life:

"3.15am: although the 2nd Division has failed to reorganise ready for a supporting advance, the 850-yard frontal attack of the 7th Division goes in. 22nd Brigade on the right, attacking across Duke's Road towards the School House and the Northern Breastwork (a sandbag-parapet German communication trench), with 2/Queens and 1/Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the first wave, is hit by heavy machine-gun fire. The advance is halted for an extra 15 minutes shelling."

Lance Corporal Timothy Lafferty has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, alongside other service men who lost their lives during The Battle of Festubert (15 - 25 May 1915).

memorial to the Missing at Le Touret
The names of the missing of the Battle of Festubert are inscribed on regimental panels inside the arcades of the memorial to the Missing at Le Touret © www.1914-1918.net

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