Lovell MILLS
Rank: Driver
Number: 711755
Unit: 24th Division Ammunition Column ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 25 October 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France

Very little is known about Lovell. He was born in the Stockport area, the son of Frederick, a railway goods checker, and Emily and was the youngest of their three children listed on the 1901 Census. At that time, the family was living at 11 Nursery Road, Adswood.

Lovell was probably conscripted into the army in 1916 when he became 18 (or was approaching his birthday). He enlisted at Manchester and was assigned to the artillery and given the service number of 2979. This and his later six-digit number suggest that his original unit was 332 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. This was a Territorial unit which is believed to have gone overseas in 1917 and he will have been one of the men probably driving its wagons. The Brigade was broken up in the same year and this will be when Lovell was transferred. The Ammunition Columns were responsible for bring artillery shells from the base stores to the front line gun positions. He is understood to have died of natural causes at an army field hospital.

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