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Mervyn Coote Loverock

Rank: Private
Street: Church Hill
Town/Village: Newtownmountkennedy. Co. Wicklow
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Finea, Co Westmeath/Cavan
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: South African Infantry, 3rd Regiment / South African Yeomanry.
Regiment Number: 983
Date of Death: 19-07-1916
Cause: Killed in action
Memorial: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France

Mervyn was born 19 July 1875 in Finnea. His attestation birthplace was given as Finnea, Granard, however, Finea is in Co. Westmeath, very close to the Longford and Cavan borders; his birth was registered in the Granard district. An extract from The Irish Independent of August 1916 states 'Mr M C Loverock, S Africans, killed in action, was a son of Dr Loverock, Newtownmountkennedy'.

Pte Loverock became indentured as an apprentice in the merchant navy in September 1892 at Cardiff, Wales. On the 15 July 1897, he received a certificate of competency, No. 032047) in fulfilling the duties of a Second Mate in a Foreign-going ship, as a square-rigger (in this he gives his birthplace as Finea, Cavan.). Later he settled in South Africa and was a trooper in the Queens South African Yeomanry there. 

Mervyn had a large number of successors to his estate including his mother, brothers Richard and Robert and sisters Edith and Lillie*

Parents Names: Son of Mrs. Mary Barbara Loverock of Church Hill, Wicklow and the late Dr. R.G. Loverock.
Notes: *Mervyn's father and brother Harold pre-deceased him.

CWGC entryLink to mention of death in Irish Independent; Entry on the South African War Graves project

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