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Friday 30th July 2021  

Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Lovett

Died 25th September 1916, aged 30
Gueudecourt, the Somme, France

An old Quorn family

The Lovett family name appears in Quorn from the 1700s, and there are still Lovetts and their descendants in the village and surrounding area today. George Lovett was born in Quorn in 1887 and his parents were James and Rose Lovett, who had eleven children. The family lived on Station Road in one of a row of small cottages, which used to be next to number 15, immediately adjacent to Quorn’s park, Stafford Orchard. James died in 1903, leaving Rose with six children still at home.

Army service
Once the government introduced compulsory conscription early in 1916, George joined the Leicestershire Regiment. His attestation papers show that he was unmarried, living at home and that prior to enlisting he had been a dyer at Wright’s factory.

George’s Army papers also record that he was slight in stature; only 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing less than 9 stones. He only survived five months in the Army and his service record makes sad reading. After enlisting in April 1916, George arrived in France at the end of July 1916. On 11th September, he was admitted to the 105th Field Ambulance mobile medical unit, suffering from a fever. He was discharged on 19th September and rejoined his battalion in the field, but only six days later he was wounded in action, and a few days after this, he was officially reported as missing. It was not until nearly a year later on 12th August 1917 that George was formally recorded as having died “on or since the 25th September 1916”.

Remembering George
George’s body was never recovered, and the following short item appeared in the September 1917 edition of Quorn Parish Magazine:

“We have also to record the death of George Lovett, one of 5 brothers serving, killed in action on Sept. 15th, 1916, who hitherto had been considered missing, and of Frank Bale, killed in action on Aug. 11th. With all others who have given their lives they are remembered with gratitude.

Mrs Joiner and Mrs Lovett wish to thank their many kind friends who have made enquiries in their time of trouble.”


His death is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, and also he and his sister Leah are remembered on a memorial with his parents’ grave in Quorn Churchyard.

Below:
1) George’s mother, Rose Lovett, 1854-1930
2) A photograph taken in 2014 of the memorial stone in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard.


   
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Please email us at: team2021@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman with thanks to June Butler
 Artefact ID: 2296

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