Rank: Rifleman
Service No: 1096
Date of Death: 01/05/1915
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) 5th Bn.
Grave Reference II. B. 31.

Additional Information:

Born in 1895 at West Bromwich, the son of Frederick (Postmaster) and Sarah Lovesy. Frederick was later Postmaster at Woodford Green.

1911: Harold, a 16 year old scholar, was with maternal Grandparents James and Alice Simcox at 58 Nicholls Street, West Bromwich. Also resident was his Aunt Alice who was a curator with the Borough Council Museum. His parents were living at Beechholme, Glebe Avenue, Woodford Green, with their older son Roland Simcox Lovesy, 19, a Clerk with the Grand Trunk Railways of Canada. On enlistment Harold’s address is given as Woodford Green.

The Battalion was engaged in the Battle of St Julien, and had been ordered to advance and dig in 600 yards South East of Fortuin. While spared an infantry attack, they were shelled regularly for several days; “at the mercy of German guns on Gravenstafel Ridge” as one man remarked. Harold Lovesy was in these trenches on 28-04 when he was struck by shrapnel and injured by falling earth. An operation proved unsuccessful, and he Died of Wounds.

His brother Roland was shot in the head during March 1915, and recovered to survive the war.

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. London Rifle Brigade History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.