Although his name does not appear on the West Haddon Roll of Honour it would be wrong of the research team not to mention James Lewin Dove, brother of Charles, Frank and George who are shown on the Roll. James had no attachment to West Haddon prior to the war and as he was killed in action he had no opportunity to live there with his family when hostilities ceased.
James Lewin Dove
KILLED IN ACTION
The 1901 census shows the Dove family living at 59 Balmoral Road, Northampton. Head of the Household was George Dove also living at the house were his wife Ann and their siblings Kate aged 14, George aged 12, Alice aged 10, James Lewin aged 9 and Frank aged 8.
The 1911 Census shows James Lewin Dove aged 20 working as a cowman living in with the Towle family at Manor Farm, Burton-on-the Wolds, Loughborough.
His military records show he was born in Northampton. He enlisted at Oakham, Rutland where he joined the 1st/5th Leicestershire Regiment on 4/8/14 at the Drill Hall, Loughborough with the Lincoln and Leicester Brigade, North Midland Division. His regimental number was 27894.
He was wounded on 26/9/16 with a gunshot wound to his wrist. Unclear records could be read to show wounded three times but I believe it was the same incident reported three times.
He was killed in action in the Western Europe Theatre, France and Flanders on 29/9/18.
He is buried Magny la Fosse churchyard but his body was exhumed on 6/9/20 and according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was reburied in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension (VC15/24)
His wife Emma Dove lived at Gold Overton, Rutland.
There are contradictory army records. Some show he enlisted on 12/4/16 others that he joined on 11/12/15 and more that say he joined on 4/8/14.
He was 5’4″, weighed 118 pounds (8 stone 6 pounds) and had a chest measurement of 33″.
Records show he was with 12th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.
He embarked 27/7/16.
29/7/16 Posted to 8th Battalion at Etaples
23/8/16 Posted to 9th Battalion at Calais
26/8/16 Joined the field
30/9/16 Gunshot wound to left wrist
5/10/16 Joined at Calais from hospital
8/10/16 Wounded in action – Duplication?
28/10/16 Gunshot wound to left wrist – Etaples – Duplication?
21/10/16 Returned to Battalion
28/10/16 Rejoined the field
11/1/17 Awarded 7 days EP(?) for being absent from 0730 hours parade
13/3/17 Wounded in action
14/3/17 Admitted to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to back and right arm
21/3/17 Admitted St Lukes War Hospital with multiple wounds to the back.
28/3/17 Transferred from Calais to England aboard SS Brighton
4/6/17 Discharged from hospital after 66 days
21/12/17 Admitted to Northern General Hospital Lincoln with gunshot wounds to the left foot
17/1/18 Discharged from hospital after 29 days
18/3/18 Embarked for Expeditionary Force at Folkestone
22/6/18 Admitted hospital – scabies
29/6/18 Returned to Reception Camp
4/7/18 Readmitted to hospital – scabies
20/7/18 Returned to reception Camp
29/9/18 Killed in action in the field
4th December, 2015