We were very excited to see this very special photograph of Northop’s pre war football team. Many thanks to Mr Ainsley Lovelock for letting us use it on the website. Sitting fourth from the left on the front row is his Uncle -T John Lovelock (shown in close up left). Ainsley tells us that all he knows about him is that he was a brilliant footballer.
Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Northop
Name / Enw: Thomas John Lovelock
Regiment/Catrawd: 4th Bn Royal Welsh Fusliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 5829
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-Les-Pernois
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: II.A.16
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of wounds in France on the 9th June 1918 aged 25yrs
Thomas John was the son of Thomas and Ada Lovelock of Northop.
In 1901 the family lived at 4 Dublin Row, Northop Hall. The father, Thomas was a collier who originally came from Dorset. He was 29, his wife was 25 and at that time they had four children Elizabeth (9yrs), Thomas John (6yrs), Herbert Henry (4yrs) and Baden Powell (9mnth). Many more children came later. Unbelievably we have been told that there were 23 in total! (This included some sets of twins).
At the time of the Great War the family lived ‘near the Church’ in Northop. John joined the army in 1914 and he served for 3 years 10 months. He saw active service in Gallipoli and Ireland as well as France. He was invalided at one time for ‘Enteric’ which is an inflammation of the intestines. John was married at the time of his death.
The 1911 census places Thomas and his family in Church street, Northop. The form tells us that in the house lived the father Thomas a 38 year old colliery labourer, his wife Ada 35yrs. The children were Lizzie 18 a farmhouse servant, Thomas 16 who was out of work, Albert 14 worked at the colliery, Harry 12, Baden 10, Maggie 8, Ethel 5, Rose 5 and Harold 2. The form tells us that two children (Ernest and Arthur) had died.