Albert Allen Lovegrove

Royal Air Force

Personal Details

Born: 14 May 1888 in Alresford, Hampshire.

Family: He was the younger of two children born to John Lovegrove and his wife Ellen, nee Curtis. He married Laura Ann Huxley in 1919. The marriage was registered in the Wem District. The couple had one child, Vera M, born in 1920 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Residence: At the time of his birth his family were living in Old Alresford, Hampshire, but by 1891 they had moved to 2 Woodbine Cottage, Datchet, Buckinghamshire. Ten years later the family were living at 19 Bark Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. His mother was now a widow. By 1911 the family had moved to 10 Highgate, Whitchurch, the address given for him on the 1919 Absent Voters` List. In 1939 he, his wife and daughter were at 4 St. Mary`s Street, Whitchurch. On the Whitchurch Cemetery records an address of 27 Dodington was given for him.

Employment: His occupation was motor mechanic in 1911 and in 1939.

Died: In 1969, in Whitchurch, aged 81, and was buried at Whitchurch Cemetery on 16 October the same year.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Air Force (previously Royal Naval Air Service)

Rank: Corporal Mechanic

Service Number: 212379 (previously F12379)

Date of Enlistment: 2 March 1916

Date of Discharge: 30 April 1920

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Albert was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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