Lovett, Richard Gordon Beresford (1870-1900)
South African War Memorial, Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, UK.
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Captain Richard Gordon Beresford Lovett, 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South African Field Force. Died of wounds at Callerberg on 6 May 1900, aged 30.
Born 17 April 1870 of Ilsington, Devon.
Son of Rev. Robert S. Lovett and Elizabeth Lovett (nee Lumsden), Bishop’s Caundle Rectory, Dorset.
Brother of Ernest Neville Lovett (1869-1951) who became Bishop of Salisbury.
Attended Newton College.
Attended Sherborne School (School House), September 1885-1889.
Gentleman Cadet, Royal Military College.
1891 appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Extracts from a speech given by the Headmaster of Sherborne School, F.B. Westcott, following the unveiling of the South African War Memorial in the Sherborne School Chapel on 30 January 1901 ('The Shirburnian', March 1904, pp.189-192):
After the service a gathering was held in the Big Schoolroom, where speeches were to be made. After the singing of the new School song ‘Adsum,’ the Headmaster [F.B. Westcott] rose, and after a few introductory remarks upon the unpropitious weather, said that though he seemed to have been at Sherborne quite a long time, yet only two of those whose memories they were commemorating that day were in the School in his time. They were Harold de Rougemont, who, he believed, was buried close to Lord Roberts’ son, and his young friend Close, who, with many other young Englishmen, volunteered for service at the front when but a boy. Every house in the School was represented in the list he had read out. None of the lads had climbed very high in military service, yet two at least, Lewis and Lovett, were brevet-majors, and brevet-majors at a very early stage of their service. They, as a school, as well as their friends, had paid a very heavy price in the loss of their lives. Yet, at the same time, he was sure all of them would feel that these brave lives were not given for nothing, but were given for England, for our country, and for our King, and in the great cause of the British Empire. Moreover, the hope of all was that the work done in South Africa had been finished once and for all. God grant it might be so, and that the blood of those brave soldiers, and the blood of our enemies too, would cement a lasting peace. After extending a hearty welcome to Lord Methuen, the Headmaster called on his lordship to address the School.