Joseph Donnovan was born in 1887 at Hillmorton. He was one of 8 children of Thomas (a Bricklayer Labourer) and Hariet Donnovan who lived in Lower Street Hillmorton.
At age 13 he was a Yardman on a Farm in Hillmorton.
He then worked in the Carpenter’s Shop at the BTH Rugby. He married Nellie Bignell in Rugby in 1913 and their daughter Eva M Donnovan was born at the end of the year and they lived at 19 Bath Street, Rugby.
He was a Private – number 204087 in the Gloucester Regiment and served in France and Flanders 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion.
He was killed on 26 April 1918. His grave is at Comines-Waneton, Hainaut, Belgium.
In the 1921 Rugby Advertiser:
In Loving Memory of Pte J Donovan who was killed in France on 26 April 1918. Gone but not forgotten From his loving wife and daughter.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM