Llewellyn Lovell
Drowned on 27 February 1906, aged 22.

Llewellyn's plaque in Christ Church, Epsom
Llewellyn's plaque in Christ Church, Epsom
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert

Llewellyn Lovell was born on 27 July 1884 in Epsom, Surrey (GRO reference: September 1884 Epsom 2a 18). His father Allen Curry Lovell had married his mother Alice Jane Edwards in St. Martins of Tours church in Epsom on 12 November 1868. Working as a carpenter to support his new wife, the couple lived on Epsom Common and went on to have ten known surviving children. There is an 1878 burial of a twelve-hour old unnamed daughter of theirs in Epsom Cemetery.

Their eldest son Louis Valentine Edward was baptised in St. Martins of Tours in 1871 and their daughter Margaret Ann in 1873. Louis died in 1874. The rest of their children were all baptised in the new church Christ Church: Louisa Birdie in 1875, Frederick in 1877, Grace in 1879, Victor in 1881, Llewellyn himself on 14 September 1884, Alice in 1886 and Harry Broadrib in 1888. Their son Allen Curry, who was born in 1890, does not appear to have been locally baptised.

Llewellyn was aged six when the 1891 census was taken and he and his parents and siblings, Margaret, Frederick, Grace, Victor, Alice and Allen, were living at 1, Stamford Cottage, West Hill, Epsom.

On 23 April 1897, thirteen-year-old Llewellyn was admitted as an "accident case" to the Epsom Union Workhouse where he stayed for seven months until he was discharged, at his father's request, on 2 November 1897. What his injuries exactly were is unknown.

HMS Agincourt
HMS Agincourt
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Four years later in 1901, while his family were living in Home Cottage, Stamford Green Road, Epsom, Llewellyn was recorded as a sixteen year old "Boy 1st Class" aboard "Agincourt", a training ship harboured in Portland Harbour, Dorset. This rank would indicate that Llewellyn had previously been in training for at least nine months and had been signed on by his parents for a possible twelve-year period. It would also suggest that he had fully recovered from whatever injuries he had received in 1897.

HMS Vengeance
HMS Vengeance
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Llewellyn's memorial plaque, situated in the North Aisle of Christ Church, tells us that Llewellyn, by the age of 22, had reached the rank of Leading Seaman on H.M.S "Vengeance". This rank was senior to 'Able Seaman' and junior to 'Petty Officer', and was equivalent to 'Corporal' in the other services. The plaque also tells us that Llewellyn was "drowned whilst in the execution of his duty securing anchor on H.M.S. "Cressy", which on 27 February 1906 was off the coast of Portland, Dorset.

HMS Cressy
HMS Cressy
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Llewellyn's parents spent the rest of their lives living at 21 Stamford Green Road, Epsom and where his mother died in 1925 and his father in 1927. His mother was buried in the same grave, B12A, as their late unnamed daughter and his father in grave K255 in Epsom Cemetery.



Hazel Ballan
March 2013




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