1916 - Richard Dale Lovett WW1

Richard Dale Lovett was born on the 3rd January 1870 the youngest son of Col. Thomas Heaton Lovett and his wife Cecil Elizabeth nee Jones at Whittington, Salop. Educated at Cambridge where he gained a B.A. he became a clergyman of the Church of England and became rector of Huish Church in 1900. In 1908 he left the clergy and moved to India where he had a coffee estate.

He returned to England to serve in the war, enlisting in London on the 7th June 1915.  His service records do survive:

Address:               Henlle Hall, Oswestry, Salop

Age:                     40 (He was actually 45 when he enlisted)

Occupation:          Coffee Planter

He joined the 16th Battalion (Public Schools) Middlesex Regiment as Private 2426 and arrived in France on 17 November 1915.  On the 1st March 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal but shortly afterwards in April this was revoked when he joined a trench mortar battery.

On the morning of the 1st July 1916 the 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment took part in the Battle of the Somme.  During the early morning they moved up from Auchonvillers to assembly positions at Cripps Cut and Cardiff Street to support the attack on Beaumont Hamel, the Official History noted that as they advanced the men could see much of the wire entanglement still uncut, and the various gaps in it full of dead and injured. The War Diary is very brief: Battalion in action 7.30 from support trenches.  Casualties for the action were given has 524 all ranks one of which was Private Richard Dale Lovett aged 46 years.

He his buried in the Auchonvillers Military Cemetery at 11. E. 5.

His sister Evelyn received his war medals the 14-15 Star and the British and Victory medal.  She was also the main recipient in his will along with his nephew.

Click here to view a pdf file of other documents.