Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Charles Henry LOVELL


Born: 24 April, 1891

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 28513

Birthplace: Warrnambool, Victoria

Parents: Christopher Lovell (1863-1914)
Mary Frances Manson (1868-1952)
Married in 1886 at Warrnambool

Died: 23 April, 1970

Burial place: Warrnambool Cemetery, Warrnambool, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


2nd Field Artillery Brigade



Regimental Service Number: 3611

Enlistment date: 13 November, 1914 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 23 years 7 month

Address at enlistment: Grafton Rd., Warrnambool, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Wife: Gertrude E. Lovell (nee Manson), Grafton Road, Warrnambool

Physical Description: Height: 6 feet
Weight: 165 pounds
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Fair
Distinctive marks: Appendix scar

Embarkation ship: S.S. Hessen A45.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 25 January, 1919

Return Vessel: Ceramic.

Arrival at Australia: 23 March, 1919.

Discharge Date: 22 May, 1919

War Service Summary

13/11/1914 - Enlisted
25/02/1915 - Embarked for duty abroad aboard S.S. Hessen
25/02/1915 - Proceeded to Middle East
30/04/1915 - Joined Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; Gallipoli
06/09/1915 - Transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Battalion; Gallipoli
09/10/1915 - Taken on strength to 3rd Field Artillery Battalion; Gallipoli
03/01/1916 - Disembarked Alexandria from Gallipoli, ex Tunisian
27/02/1916 - Joined 4th Artillery Division
06/03/1916 - Taken on strength; 21st Howitzer B., 10th Battery
19/05/1916 - Taken on strength to 3rd Field Artillery Battalion; France
25/06/1916 - Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force; Alexandria; Disembarked Marseilles
16/02/1917 - To Hospital sick; (Influenza); France
23/02/1917 - To England, ex Harve aboard Panama
25/02/1917 - Admitted to Bath War Hospital, England; severe Influenza
11/05/1917 - Transferred from Bath War Hospital
28/05/1917 - To Depot; Weymouth
25/08/1917 - Discharged to Depot
28/08/1917 - Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade
07/09/1917 - Marched out to Larkhill
21/09/1917 - Proceeded overseas to France
26/09/1917 - Marched in, ex England; Rouelles
06/10/1917 - Rejoined unit from hospital; Belgium
21/07/1918 - With Unit; France
03/10/1918 - Machine Gun school
01/11/1918 - On leave
17/11/1918 - Rejoined unit
24/12/1918 - Report to Headquarters, Heytesbury, England pending return to Australia
07/01/1919 - Marched in from (1914 leave) for Return to Australia
10/01/1919 - Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade
25/01/1919 - Returned to Australia per Ceramic
23/03/1919 - Arrived in Australia
22/05/1919 - Discharged; medically unfit

1957 Letter from Charles Lovell requesting replacement medals; says he served with 103 Howitzer Battery and Second A.I.F., P.O.W. Guard

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
Gertrude Marion Lovell (nee Blair)


Place/s of residence:

Box maker

Date of death:
Place of burial:
Warrnambool Cemetery

Other relevant information:
Charles also enlisted in WW2 along with his sons. His service is recorded under two numbers:
Service No. V91895
Service No. V15448

Brother of Edward Lovell 347, Killed In Action

Additional Information

The Bacchus Marsh Express
31 October 1914 p 2

LOVELL. — On the 26th October, 1914 (accidentally killed near Melton), Christopher Lovell, railway employee, beloved husband of Mary Lovell, Rockbank, aged 51 years.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
31 October 1914 p 2

On Monday night between 10 and 11 o'clock, a terrible accident happened, when Messrs. James Patrick Casey and Christopher Lovell lost their lives when proceeding to work at the Werribee viaduct, near Melton, as watchmen. Since the war started the Railway Department has guarded the bridge day and night, in case of an attempt to wreck it, and in this duty the two unfortunate men were employed. They were proceeding to their work on a tricycle, and when within a couple of hundred yards of their journey's end they were run into by a special train, word of which was given to them at Melton station. The train, however, was 25 minutes before its time (so it has been stated) and the men were caught on the curve in the cutting on the Melton side of the bridge. To all appearances the men did not see the train, as both were struck on the forehead with the plate of the engine, and both were dreadfully knocked about. ….. Mr. Lovell also was a resident of Rockbank, and next door neighbour to Mr. Casey. He also lived in Rockbank for a number of years, and leaves a wife and family, and held in high esteem by the neighbours. This family seems to be unfortunate, as only last week the oldest son was hurt in the blasting accident, which occurred at Rockbank. An inquest will be held early next week.
On Wednesday last the bodies of the two poor unfortunate men who were run down and killed by a special train on Monday night were buried in the Melton Cemetery. The funeral was a double one, two hearses and three mourning coaches being used, and the cortege which followed was a long one. The funeral started from Rockbank at 2.30 p. m. and many joined in on the road, arriving at the Melton Cemetery at 3.30. …. Christopher Lovell was buried in the Church of England portion of the cemetery, when the Rev. Perry Martin officiated at the graveside. The coffin-bearers and pall bearers were immediate friends and fellow workers of the deceased. The funeral arrangements were placed in the hands of Mr. A. Shebler, and were carried out to the satisfaction of everyone concerned, and much credit to himself.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
28 November 1914 p 2

Christopher Lovell (51) and Jas. Patrick Casey (36), railway employes, were struck down, and killed by a special live stock train while riding their tricycle between Melton and the viaduct over the Werribee river on the night of the 26th ult. An adjourned inquest was conducted, before the Coroner (Dr. R.H. Cole) at the City Morgue on Saturday.
He found a verdict of death from misadventure.-"Age."

Melton Express
The Bacchus Marsh Express
27 October 1917 p 2

Christ Church services:-- ….. Rockbank, 3 (Memorial Service for Pte. Ted. Lovell).

Private Ted. Lovell, son of Mrs. Lovell, Rockbank, has been killed in Action. A memorial service will be held at Rockbank, to-morrow.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Nominal Roll
Embarkation Roll
Newspaper accounts
Warrnambool Cemetery records