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Edward Alphonsus Ayre

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Edward Alphonsus Ayre

July 1, 1916

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Newfoundland Regiment


1st Battalion

Additional Information


January 29, 1915
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Son of Edward and Selina Ayre, of Isle Aux Morte, Newfoundland.

Commemorated on Page 9 of the Newfoundland Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Somme, France

Grave Reference:

A. 33.


Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre Les Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre Les Puisieux, 3 kilometres further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Auchonvillers. At the crossroads in the village centre following the signs for Newfoundland Park, Beaumont Hamel. The Y Ravine Cemetery is located within the Park.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Entrance– Y Ravine Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Y Ravine Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– Y Ravine Cemetery - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Picture of Edward Alphonsus Ayre
  • Picture of Edward– Picture of Edward in his military uniform smoking his pipe
  • Picture of Edward– Picture of Edward (right) and his friend, Private William McNiven (left)
  • Picture of Edward– Picture of Edward with his rifle outside of his camp site
  • Post cards sent to Edward's love– A series of post cards sent to Edward's love, Maud, before he died at the age of 19.  Post Card Text: "There's a NFLD girl waiting for her first NFLD boy. While on the field of battle we'll do it or we'll die while shot and shell are flying. There's a tear drop in her eye. There's a NFLD girl sighing for her first Nfld boy.  xxxx Ted"
  • Post cards sent to Edward's love– "Dear Maud,
We are having a nice time up the coast (Channel). We will be home about 2am if we get fine weather coming down the coast. We will be in St. John's about Tuesday evening. I see there is another big crowd enlisting for the second regiment. You have had nice weather since we left this time. I just got down to the wharf that evening when the steamer blew. We left half      past 3. I must close good-bye, your loving boy xxxx Ted"
  • Post cards sent to Edward's love– A card Edward sent to his sweetheart, Maud.
  • Post cards sent to Edward's love– "In memory of the happy days. To my sweetheart Maud 
From Private E A Ayre #1009
1st NFLD Reg"
  • A picture of Maud McNiven– The previous post cards were correspondence between Edward and his
girlfriend, Maud, during the First World War.
  • Post card of RMS Megantic– "Dearest,
 Just a few cards of the ship we are leaving by. We left Aldershot nine o'clock last night. I am going to try and get someone from the shore to post these for me, we are not allowed ashore.  I did not get a letter from you before leaving. Believe me to be yours.
           xxxxxx Faithfully, Ted"
  • Post card of High Street, Hawick– "Dear Maud,
I am sending you some views of Hawick, its not much of it. Its not as large as St. John's and there are no street cars there. This is the Principal Street. I did not get a letter from you last week and I haven't got either one this week either. I hope you are well. Will is writing to you now. 
I remain yours faithfully,
           xxxx Ted"
  • Postcard of Channel– This is the "Channel" that Edward referred to in a previous post card.
  • Grave Marker– Picture of grave at the Y ravine cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France.
  • Grave marker– Edward Ayre's grave in the Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France

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