Ronald JACK Groves

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 3 /4580
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th (Service)
Died: 10th August 1915 aged 19 years
Death location: Sulvia Bay, Gallipoli


Life before the War
Jack was the tenth of 11 children born to Henry and Mary Amelia, nee Hardy, in Southampton.  Henry was born locally in 1851 and was a Coach Builder.  Mary was born in 1853, in Weymouth.  They married in Southampton in 1872.

The family lived at 29 Norman Road, Freemantle.

Henry died in the city in 1917, with Mary predeceasing him by one year.

Jack’s 10 siblings were:

Henry William    b.1874 and d.1935 Southampton.

Charles Hardy    b.1876 and d.1942 Southampton.

Leonard Herbert    b.1878 and d.1961 Christchurch.  Married Mary Jane Hall in Southampton in 1905.

Marcia Amelia (Millie)    b.1881 and d.1937 Southampton.  Married John Lovelace in Southampton in 1906.

Flora Mary    b. 1883  but date of death is not known.

Emily Agnes    b.1884 and d.1965 Southampton.  Married William E. Norman in Southampton in 1912.

Clara Winifred    b.1886 but date of death is not known.

Irene Alma    b.1889 and d.1970 Winchester.   Married Lawrence E. Rowthorn in Southampton in 1915.

Dorothy Kate    b.1893 and d.1985 Honiton.  Married Golias Black in Southampton in 1925.

Isobel Louise    b.1899 and d.1989 Southend.  Married Donald Macdonald in Rochford, Essex in 1924.

Service History
The Gallipoli campaign was fought for the first 8 months of 1915.  It was an Allied attempt to force Turkey out of the war and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.   The climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous Allied assaults were launched on three fronts.  However the difficult terrain and Turkish resistance negated any successes.

Jack almost certainly lost his life in the action at Suvla Bay, a mere 3 days after disembarking there after the sea journey from Liverpool.

His name is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey.  This Memorial is for those Commonwealth combatants with no known grave and holds more than 21,000 names.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 14th January 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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