Ulic (or Ulick) LOVERY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 10462
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 20 September 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

The family history website, FreeBMD, records Ulick Lovery’s birth being registered at Stockport between July and September 1883. He does not appear anywhere on the 1901 Census. Other than recording error, a possible explanation is that he was abroad serving as a regular soldier. His name is spelt as “Ulic” in army records

The memorial also records an H Lovery who is presumed to be a relative. The Census records the family as being John (aged 49, an engine house labourer), Mary (aged 41), Martin (18, a cotton bobbin carrier), Henry (14, a cotton bobbiner) and Thomas (6). These are probably Ulic’s parents and brothers. Another brother, John, was not at home when the census was taken but would also serve during the war and, as with Ulic, would not return to Stockport.

His service number is not one normally associated with the Territorial Battalion. Prior to 1917, these soldiers had four-digit numbers and, after January 1917, six-digit ones. However, soldiers transferring in from another Battalion, after January 1917, would retain their own number. Ulic’s five digit one seems appropriate to a soldier who originally joined one of the New Army “service battalions”, created in the autumn of 1914 and it is that of an early recruit. It’s reasonable to assume, therefore, that he had not been with the 6th Battalion for long before he was killed in the attack described here.

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