Full Name George Lewin Dove
The 1901 Census shows the Dove family living at 59 Balmoral Road, Northampton. The Head of Household was George Dove, aged 44, a Police Constable born in Stainby, Lincolnshire and his wife Ann aged 49, born Pickworth, Rutland. Living with them were five of their children daughters Kate, aged 14. a shoe operator, Alice aged 10, and sons George Lewin, aged 12, a Stable Boy/Groom, James Lewin, aged 9 and Frank aged 8.
George Jnr could not be found in the 1911 Census. Parents George and Ann were then living in West Haddon George Snr having resigned from the police force and living on an annual pension of fifty three pounds seven shillings and six pence per year – just over £1 per week!.
On 5/9/1914 George Lewin Dove enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery 88 Brigade on a “Short Service for 3 years with colours unless the war lasts longer than three years in which case you will be retained until the war is over”. He was aged 26 years 4 months (born May/June 1888?), gave his trade as a Carter, was 5″ 8″ in height, weighed 136 lbs, had blue eyes and brown hair. His regimental number was 11389. His record reads:
7/9/14 Attested and posted to Hillsea Barracks 208th Battery as a Driver
7/9/14 Posted to France to 17/7/15
19/9/14 War Pay increased from 3d per day to 4d per day (less than 10 new pence per
15/10/14 Promoted to Bombardier
28/2/15 Promoted to Corporal
3/7/15 Reduced to Bombardier
18/2/16 Promoted Corporal
Severe reprimand and forfeited 2 days pay – absent without leave from 6p.m. on 15/2/17 to 6a.m. 16/2/16
19/7/16 Wounded in action. Gunshot wounds to right ankle
31/7/16 Admitted to Etaples Field Hospital.
26/5/17 In confinement awaiting trial until 22/6/17
22/6/17 Tried and sentenced at Field General Court Martial for Drunkeness and reduced in
the ranks to Gunner
26/7/17 Posted as a Gunner
23/8/18 Gassed and placed in field hospital
19/10/18 Forfeited 4 days pay “Breaking out of hospital improperly dressed”
16/12/18 Granted leave until 30/12/18. Failed to return
George married Edith Elizabeth Gammage on 19/1/1918 at West Haddon. She had been baptised in West Haddon on 12/6/1881 as Edith Eliza Gammage.
On 24/1/19 he was discharged on demobilisation at the Disposal centre
He died in 1960 while living in Wellingborough aged 72.
(Jim Blakey 20th November, 2015 )