Lovelock, Francis William

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Francis William Loverock
25 May 1886 – 12 April 1946
Sgt FW Loverock c1923.jpg
Nickname Bill
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Place of death Gananoque Ontario
Place of burial Gananoque Cemetery
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank S/Sgt
Francis William Loverock (25 May 1886 - 12 April 1946) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Great War and with the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System as a member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Personal Life

Francis was born in Dublin Ireland on 25 May 1886 to parents George and Charlotte (nee Beere). He married Dorothea Brunsdon in Calgary in 1915.


Bill, as he was known by, joined 31st Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force on 7 Nov 1914 listing his profession as "rancher" and as having 5 1/2 years previous military experience with the Royal Irish Lancers as a signaller. He rose to the rank of Sergeant but didn't remain with the 31st Battalion and was discharged 17 April 1915. The reason isn't clear but he then immediately joined 12th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 21 April 1915 (now listing 5 months military experience with the 31st Battalion) and was immediately made an Sergeant.

He arrived in England in September 1915. He remained in England taking additional signalling courses until finally proceeding to France in October 1916 with the Fort Garry Horse. Having had to revert in rank to Private, he was again made a Signalling Sergeant in February 1917. In September 1917 he was transferred to the Signal Troop Canadian Cavalry Brigade with whom he served for the remainder of the war. Returning to Canada, he was demobilized 25 March 1919 at Hamilton Ontario.

Sometime after he joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He served at The Depot in Bordon Ontario before being assigned to Ft. Smith in 1926. He served as A/C.S.M and A/Q.M.S before returning to Edmonton in 1929.

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