Christopher Stephen King Lovell

Date of birth: 1891
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 46479
Rank: Sapper
Regiment / Division: Royal Engineers
Battalion: 14th Signal Coy.
Died: 23rd July 1915 aged 24 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
Christopher was the youngest of five siblings born to Edwin John and Charlotte Emma Lovell, nee King.

This was a true Southampton family as they were all were born and raised in the St. Mary’s area.

Edwin was born in 1857 and he married Charlotte in 1881.  In later years he was listed as a Boilermaker’s helper.  He died in 1935.  Charlotte was born in 1859 and died a year after her husband, in 1936.

One of Christopher’s siblings died in childhood and there is no information.  His 3 other siblings were:

Beatrice Millicent   b.1881 and d.1962 Southampton.  Married Edward Henry Faithfull in Southampton in 1907.

Herbert Edwin  b. 1884 and d.1921 Southampton.  Married Florence May Dyer in Southampton in 1910.

Lucy Georgina   b. 1886   d. 1967 Southampton.  Married Frederick Charles Littler in Southampton in 1910.

 Service history
The Royal Engineers maintained the infrastructure that was to enable the Allies to be an effective fighting force.  As a Sapper, Christopher would have had a trade and, prior to joining up, he was an Apprentice Cabinet Maker.

It is strange that he enlisted in a Signals company because there is no evidence that he was a telegraphist.

It is not clear in what conflict, if any, Christopher was involved in at the time of his death.  The reason for his death is not recorded.  He is interred in Etaples Military Cemetry in France (Plot II, Row B, Grave 25).  Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals, it was remote from the frontline but fully accessible via rail from the north and south

The Etaples Military Cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth graves and Christopher would have been amongst the first draft to be buried there.

Christopher’s headstone states “ Love cannot die”.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 3rd November 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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