Loverock, Harold George. Died 5th Aug 1916

Harold George Loverock was the second son of Lewis and Edith Loverock (nee Bromwich) he was born on the 7th December 1890, and baptised on the 6th march 1891 in St Matthews church Rugby. Lewis Loverock was a draper and a justice of the peace. In 1911 he was living at Greylands 47 Hillmorton Road with his second wife Edith whom he married in the first quarter 1886 in Rugby, along with Hilda Mary 15, Phylis May 9 and Reginald 7,their other children being Violet 24, Edith 21, Harold 22, a draper’s assistant at 244 High Road Chiswick and Gerald 18 was a pupil farmer at Hillmorton Grounds Farm.

Sometime after the census of 1911 Harold left England for South Africa and on the outbreak of world war one joined the Natal Light Horse part of General Botha’s army.

“Before the surrender, German South West Africa fell for a short time in the hands of the enemy. There were about seventy prisoners taken but after a few hours the colonial troops started to shell the enemy position and the prisoners of war were advised to run for their lives which they did. Unfortunately some were wounded. Harold he discharged to a commission on Tuesday 15th June 1915 and obtained a passage home on a ship of the Union Castle mail steamship the Dover Castle upon which he landed in London on 3rd August 1915 . He came home and he is now endeavouring to obtain a commission in some branch of H.M Army ”
(Rugby Advertiser 21st Aug 1915 and County of Warwickshire Roll of Honour by Kenneth Fowler)

He obtained a commission in Warwickshire Yeomanry on the 2nd October1915 and after training was sent to Mudros (a military base on the island of Lesbos) on 6th November 1915, they were sent to Egypt.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry war diary it states the following :

August 4th Friday

Reveille 04:00 Breakfast 04:30 Regiment marched out 06:00 strength 15 officers 362 ordinary   ranks 361 horses 29 mules camels 130 carrying regimental stores ammunition nor rations. Arrived Giliban Sidings 08:30 watered and fed horses. Received orders from G.O.C.5th m Brigade to leave all stores at Giliban under dismounted party, remainder to be ready to march to Pelusium at 09:30. Arrived 2 miles short of Pelusium at 13:00.met brigade Major and received verbal orders to proceed W of Canterbury Hill with all possible speed to endeavour to connect up with Col Yorke and Composite Regiment who were holding two Battalions of the enemy at HOD-ABU-ADI

Advancing from HOD-EL –ENNA.Got in touch with Col Yorke after marching on bearing of 140 Degrees at 14:27 received a message from Col Yorke “Am advancing E.S.E.about 700 yards to Canterbury Hill“ to be forwarded to G.O.C. that we are in touch

14:45 Moved Regiment up in rear of Composite Position enemy being engaged all this time

15:18 General Wiggins .Major Findlay (Bth MAJ N.Z.& R.Bde ) to the front Composite Regiment working from front N.Warwicks to take up their position S of Hod –es _Seifaniya and leaving a strong post S to make direct attack on enemy flank N.E. this was done but owing to ridge running N.W.to S.E.from Hod –El –Edna being held by three machine guns and a few rifle men some delay was caused, at the commencement we were able to inflict some loss on the enemy. but Lieut Stafford and others were wounded .

Our machine guns bought into action against this position and 6,000 rounds   fired with considerable success, supported by 2 troops with rifle fire. 2 troops of “C “ squadron and 1 of “B” squadron were thus enabled to gallop round wire on the right flank and join up with COMPOSITE REGT. Our post on S in the meantime was heavily engaged. Lieut.LOVEROCK and S.S.MALINS were killed. Enemy now hurried up re-inforcements from S.E.whom we had to engage until dusk before we could retire on our three troops. Three Squadron then retired to Hod-nighilifali, the place of rende-vous. Recovered all wounded and marched at 21:15 to Pelusium watered and fed at 23:30.

In the county of Warwickshire Roll of Honour it states that Second Lieutenant Harold George Loverock 1st/1st Warwickshire Yeomanry 5th (Independent) Mounted Brigade Died of gunshot wounds and a fractured skull in the 1st /3rd East Lancashire Field Ambulance on Saturday 5th August 1916.

He received the 1914/15 star, the British war medal and the victory medal; he was buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery Egypt.

Harold George Loverock is also remembered on the Lawrence Sheriff School Plaque and on the family grave in Clifton Road Cemetery.

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Battle area on the Sinai Peninsular of Egypt where Second Lieutenant Harold George Loverock was fatally wounded’

 

RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM

 

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