Remembered with honour Merville Communal Cemetery Extension: Plot I, Row B, Grave 40.
He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly Private 26086 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and was either killed in action or died at 54 Casualty Clearing Station of wounds received accidentally. Unfortunately, Roland’s Service record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Roland in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 28 July 1917; plus In Memoriams in the issues dated 20 July 1918, 27 July 1918 and 19 July 1919.
Son of Jesse and Elizabeth (nee COX) LOVESEY; husband of Winifred Hetty (nee SPARKS) LOVESEY of Watford.
His parents married 22 December 1875 at St Mary the Virgin, Bulwell, Notts. Jesse died 18 June 1940 in Watford aged 84, and was buried 21 June in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Elizabeth died 1946 in Watford aged 89, and was buried 11 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Roland was born 7 June 1891 in Bushey, Herts, and attended Beechen Grove Board School, Watford, from 11 January 1904 to 14 July 1905. He married 11 June 1916 at the Congregational Church, Watford; they had one child. Winifred never remarried, she died 14 or 16 March 1975 in Watford aged 79, and was buried 19 March in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
On the 1901 Census, aged 10 he lived in Bushey, with his parents and eight siblings. On the 1911 Census, an architectural draughtsman aged 19, he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings.
Date of death18/07/1917
Age at death26
Place of death
NotesHis brother Basil died 21 August 1915 and also features on this Roll of Honour
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)