Edward Lavelle was the son of Hugh and Lucy Lavelle. He was born on 7th January 1892 in County Fermanagh, probably Creevehill. They were a farming family who lived in Creevehill, Cross, County Fermanagh. Private Edward Lavelle was serving with the 20th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 24th July 1916.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"