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 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.


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




27th Mar 1915. Rugby Volunteer Training Corps



The present membership of the Volunteer Training Corps for Rugby is 235, More would, no doubt, have joined but for two points on which there has recently been information given of value to those interested in the movement. In the first place, men have been deterred from joining owing to the impression that they were not likely to be asked to perform any serious duties. With regard to this objection, we may state that the War Office has recently enquired from the Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps if the members of the various corps would do local patrol work, and how many men would be able to go away to undertake similar duties elsewhere. Further, that War Office has asked how many men would be able to go away for service in other parts of England in the event of invasion. Lord Crewe has expressed the hope that those corps would become a permanent organisation when the war is over, so that it may now be taken for granted that the value of such corps is recognised, and that those in authority are anxious to know what the members are able to do.

Another difficulty had been the declaration members are expected to sign. On this point Mr B B Cubitt, assistant secretary to the War Office, has written as follows respecting the declaration :—

“ This undertaking is not a mere formality, and the man signing it is expected to fulfil his obligation. If a man who may be called upon is not in a position to fulfil his engagement he can leave the corps.”

Mr Tennant, speaking in the House of Commons on March 1st, said : “ In cases where good and sufficient reasons are not shown a man ought not to be allowed to take the lesser obligation when he ought to fulfil the greater obligation of serving with the colours.” As to their powers, Mr Tennant pointed out that they could only use the power of persuasion. He also expressed appreciation of the self-sacrifice of the men who had joined the corps.

Col H R Vaughan, writing from the War Office on the question of railway men, points out that a railway employee, even if he joined a corps, could not be asked to join the Army unless he had the permission from his employers to go. There can be no doubt that the same condition applies equally to men who are engaged in Government contract work.

A County Committee for Warwickshire has now been formed by the Lord-Lieutenant and Col Wyley, of Coventry, has been appointed County Commandant.



“A” Company.

Till further notice.—No. 1 Platoon : Outdoor drill, Wednesdays (fall-in top Barby Road, town end), 8 0 p.m. Big School, Fridays (except Good Friday), 8.0 p.m.—No. 2 Platoon : Outdoor Tuesdays (fall-in top Murray Road, 7.30 p.m. ; Drill Hall, Thursdays, 8.0 p.m.- No. 3 Platoon : Outdoor Wednesdays and one other day as arranged.—No. 4 Platoon : Outdoor, Tuesdays (fall-in top Murray Road), 7.30 p.m ; Drill Hall, Fridays, 8.0 p.m.

Saturdays, fall-in 2.30 p.m top of Barby Road.

Shooting Range is open at Drill Hall, 7.30 to 9.30, every week-day except Saturday.


Seventy members of the Rugby Conservative Club are at present serving with the colours in various capacities.

It is estimated that the extra money put into circulation in Rugby during the stay of the soldiers was about £8,000 per week—probably more.

The 7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, which includes the Rugby Infantry Company, left Essex this week, presumably for foreign service.

Harold Loverock, second son of Mr Lewis Loverock, who has been in South Africa for the past three years, has joined the Natal Light Horse, and is at the Front in German South-West Africa.

Maurice Howkins, son of Mr W Howkins, of Hillmorton Grounds, who recently received a commission as second lieutenant in the 1st London Brigade Royal Field Artillery, has now been gazetted second lieutenant in the Royal Horse Artillery.

A son of Mrs Wheeler, of 135 Abbey Street, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry (Cycling Section). He is at present at Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts. Mrs Wheeler has three sons serving their country—two in the Royal Warwicks and one in the Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry. The latter has served 7 1/2 years in Africa.

Pte Alfred Hawkins, of the Northamptonshire Regiment, son of Mr A Hawkins, of Harborough Magna, was wounded in the arm by shrapnel on March 11th, and is at present in a hospital at Rouen. His parents received a letter on Thursday, stating that he was progressing favourably.

Lce-Corpl G A Barrett, of the 5th Rifle Brigade, an old St Matthew’s boy, who, as stated in the Advertiser last week, had been wounded, is at present in a hospital in England. We understand that he has been seriously wounded in the lungs, and some time will necessarily elapse before he makes a complete recovery. His father, Mr F T Barrett, of 17 Stephen Street, visited him last Saturday, and Lce-Corpl Barratt has since, written a very cheerful postcard. Lce-Corpl Barrett, who formerly worked for Messrs Frost, joined the army on the outbreak of the war, and had only been at the front a short time before he was wounded. A rumour gained currency during the week that he had succumbed to his wounds, but this, happily, proved to be untrue.

Pte Albert Batchelor, of the 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs B Batchelor, of 34 Arnold Street, Rugby, is again an inmate suffering from wounds received at the Front. On Saturday, March 6th, he was wounded at 10.30 a.m, and lay 8 1/2 hours before receiving attention. He is now at the Sailors’ Rest, Ramsgate. Pte Batchelor, who is an old St Matthew’s boy, was previously incapacitated in October with a bullet wound in the neck and shrapnel in the knee. His brother Oscar is a despatch rider in Lord Kitchener’s Army.

Lce-Corpl Sidney Hubert Hadfield, 1st King’s Royal Rifles (third son of Mr J Hadfield, of 4 Charlotte Street, Rugby), who was seriously wounded in the right leg, by shrapnel near Mons at the commencement of the war, has arrived home for a short time. The unfortunate young fellow, who is only 26 years of age, has been in a London Hospital for the past six months, but, despite the best of attention, it is feared that he is doomed to be a cripple for life. His general health has also been adversely affected, and he has been sent home to effect, if possible, an improvement in this before undergoing an operation. He has served eight years in the army.


Regret will be felt in Rugby by many people to learn of the death of Sapper Ernest Lawrence Manton, of the East Anglican Royal Engineers. A native of Bedford, Sapper Manton, whose age was 24, was employed for a time at the B.T.H Works. He then took a situation in Coventry, though still residing in Rugby, journeying to business each morning. He was also engaged to be married to a Rugby lady, with whom much sympathy will be felt. The last letter received from him stated that he expected to take part in a big battle next day, and it was probably in the fighting at Neuve Chapelle that he was killed.

Sapper Manton was a member of Bilton Football Club, for whom he kept goal. During last summer he won first prize in a billiard handicap at the Regent Street Billiard Rooms, and for several months was a member of St Matthew’s Church Choir.

From a Bedford contemporary we learn that deceased was the younger of two brothers who were in the Royal Engineers. He had been in the Bedford Engineers for four years, and has resigned, but on the outbreak of the war he rejoined his old regiment, and went to the Front with the 1st Company. His mother received a letter from Second-Lieut O H Keeling, of the E.A.R.E, stating that her son was killed in action on March 10th. “ He was in my section,” the officer continued, “ and in him the section has lost one of the best of its men. I have heard something of the sacrifice he made when volunteering in August. He was always so cheery and ready to do his duty. Only last week he struck me particularly in this respect, when he was working in mud and water up to his knees—working at draining a trench that others might walk dry shod in it. Please let me offer my sincere sympathy to you in your great loss, but I hope your sorrow may be in some way lessened by the thought that he died for his country.”


There has been a marked improvement in recruiting at Rugby during the past week, and 16 men have been attested. Suitable men are now required to be trained for non-commissioned officers in the 13th R.W.R ; and wheelwrights, shoeingsmiths, and saddlers are also wanted. Those who have enlisted this week are: Cavalry, S Dyson ; R.E, H Baines ; A S.C, H J Rowe, T Burns, R J Reaves, and H S Jude ; R.F.A, W G Fuller, J Cox and W Cox ; Northants, E Smith and G Southern ; 13th Gloucesters, W Moore ; Middlesex, A Page, R Philpott, and W A Walker ; Royal Welsh Fusiliers, W E Bennett.


The “ Leicester Daily Post ” for Wednesday remarks, with reference to the slackness in recruiting in that city, that it is stated that in Leicester and Leicestershire there have been a larger proportion of rejects than in other adjoining areas for medical reasons which to the would-be soldiers did not seem quite sufficient, and that from the beginning of the war up till now many men unable to enlist there have been accepted at Rugby.


10th Oct 1914, Rugby Lady’s Escape From Berlin.

Included in a party of English ladies who were recently allowed to return home from Germany via Rotterdam and Flushing was Miss Madeline Loverock, daughter of Mr Lewis Loverock, of “ Grey lands,” Hillmorton Road, Rugby. At the outbreak of the war Miss Loverock was living with a Russian family in Berlin, and the fact that she and others are now safely back in England is due mainly to the intervention of the American Consul, than whom no one could have been more thoughtful and kind.

“ Directly war broke out,” said Miss Loverock in an interview this week, “ we had to get permission to stay in Germany and to obtain an American passport, signed by the Ambassador, under whose protection we placed ourselves. We had to report ourselves every three days, and if we failed we were threatened with trouble. Some of the English forgot on one occasion, and they were told if this occurred again they would be imprisoned. We also had to keep very quiet, and refrain from any demonstration against the Germans.


Asked if food prices in Berlin were enhanced owing to the war, Miss Loverock said at first prices were raised ; but the Kaiser gave orders that they were to be reduced to the normal level, and this was at once done, with the result that, so far as commodities were concerned, the residents had up to the present experienced little, if any, difference.

“ We were treated very well indeed by the Germans, but we owe it all to the American Ambassador, who communicated with the British Government and got us away. Two American gentlemen travelled on the train for our protection, and as soon as we crossed into Holland the Dutch showed us great kindness. At every station when the train stopped they regaled us with tea, coffee, milk and cakes, and did everything for us they possibly could, even to cheering us on our way by singing their national songs.


Miss Loverock confirms the tidings brought home by others as to the garbled reports of the war published in the German papers. Nothing but German “ victories ” are recorded, and even the success of the English fleet in the North Sea was distorted in such a way as to read very much like a German victory.

“ The people of Berlin, believing the reports in the papers, are naturally enthusiastic over the war, and are quite confident it will end in favour of Germany. There can be no doubt that of their enemies England is the most hated. The Germans profess to thoroughly enjoy fighting Russia ; they don’t very much mind France ; but they hate the English, and the newspapers are fanning this feeling by reporting daily what they describe as “ English lies.”

From the only news available the English ladies in Berlin were given to understand that England was in a sorry plight indeed, and it was not until they arrived at Rotterdam on the homeward journey, and learnt for the first time how matters actually stood, that they found the English nation still existed, and not been swept from the face of the earth, after all.

The English Chaplain (Rev H Williams) and his sister behaved in a splendid way to the English in Berlin. The Ambassador tried to induce him to leave with him directly war was declared, but he refused, saying he should share his last penny with the English. By special dispensation, due to the fact that St George’s Church (the headquarters of the Anglican community in Berlin) was founded by the late Empress Frederick and stands on royal property near the Kaiser’s castle, no helmeted policeman attends Divine service there to see that the useful prayer for England is omitted. The prayer is omitted, but in other English churches in Germany a “ Schutzmann ” is stationed. It will interest our readers to know that a brother and sister of the Rev H Williams reside at 53 Newbold Road, Rugby.