Edward Lovejoy

Date of birth: 1873
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 3/4733
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 16th May 1915 aged 41 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
As can be seen above Edward was surprisingly old to be going to war.  He was born in the St. Mary’s area of Southampton to Henry Lovejoy (b.1843 and d.1888) and Charlotte Mary, nee Ashley, although this is not 100% definite.  Henry and Charlotte married in Southampton in 1864.

At the 1881 census Edward was  living with his mother and step-father; Charlotte had married James Perry in 1880.

Edward himself married Mary Whatmore (b. 1873 Winchester) in Winchester in 1895, and they had 7 children:

Emily Elizabeth   b. 1896 and d.1930 Southampton   Married John J Boylett in Southampton in 1918.

Alice Rosina  born and died in 1899 in Southampton.

Ethel Gertrude   b.1900  Southampton and died at just 14 years old in Southampton.

Edward Charles  b.1904 Southampton and d.1972 Southampton.   Married Florence J. Stroud in Southampton in 1929.

Mary Ann   b.1905  Southampton and d.1944  Southampton.   Married Arthur D. Symonds in Southampton in 1934.

Florence May   b.1907 .  Married James Heary in Southampton in 1929.

Jessie Winifred   b.1908 and d. 1994 Romsey.  Married Tom Fargher in Southampton in 1931.

In the 1911 census Edward and his family were living at 89 Pound Street, Shirley.  Lodging with them is Mary’s brother, Frederick.  Edward and Frederick are both employed as General Labourers on the railways.

Service history
The 1st Battalion Hampshires was part of the 4th Division, 11th Brigade.  Embarkation on to the Braemar Castle at Southampton took place on 21st August 1914 and the brigade disembarked at Le Havre a couple of days later.

Edward probably perished during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, part of the 2nd Battle of Ypres.  This took place between May 8th – 13th and involved many German attacks around the Menin Road.  Many lives were lost on May 13, a day of ceaseless rain and shelling.

Edward was awarded the 1914/15 Star as well as the British War and Victory medals.


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

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