A Popular Bandmaster.
Deep regret was expressed among all classes at the death of Mr. Henry George Lovett. The end was not unexpected, as he was seized with a stroke a fortnight previously a though he rallied to a slight degree, little hope of his recovery had been entertained. Deceased, who was 53 years of age, was born at Chatham, the son of Colour Sergeant E. Lovett, of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. The family came to Loughborough in 1884, and deceased, who was then a cornet player, was appointed bandmaster to the Volunteers in 1893. In two years he raised a small band of 16 players to a first class band of 26, which won four first prizes in eight weeks. Mr. Lovett was also a trombone player of merit, and won a silver medal open to the Midlands.
He served with the Volunteers in the South African War, and was awarded both the King's and Queen's Medals. On the formation of the 5th Battalion, he was appointed bandmaster, and raised them to a very high standard of efficiency. Up to that time Mr. Lovett had followed for several years the occupation of a metal turner and was employed at the Brush Electrical Co's Works. On his return from South Africa he entered the licensing trade and became the landlord of the Clarence Inn on Nottingham Road, later moving to the Boot Hotel, of which he was the licensee at the time of his death. Deceased went out with the 5th Battalion in the Great War, serving first as company Sergeant Major. He was badly wounded in the face at the Hohen-zollern Redoubt and was also gassed, and though he recovered from his injuries sufficiently to rejoin his regiment and remained with it to the end of the war he never fully regained his previous good health. Deceased gained the Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, and the Mons Star, and was mentioned in dispatches. He also held the Volunteer and Territorial Long Service Medals. Bandmaster H. G Lovett was one of the most popular men in the county Territorials.
Bandmaster Lovett (centre) 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment
Striking evidences was afforded of the general esteem and popularity the late Mr. Harry Lovett had gained among all classes of the community by the impressive scenes witnessed at his funeral. The imposing military parade testified to the place he held in the regard of the officers and men of the County units of the Imperial Forces. The large representation of public and other organizations, and the thousands of town's people who lined the streets as the procession passed were proof of his popularity and of the general regret felt through out the town at his death.
The gun carriage carrying the remains to Emmanuel Church.
The procession was forming up beside his home, the Old Boot Hotel, the strains of the Chopin Funeral March were heard, played by Mr. W. E. Jordan on the carillon in the War Memorial, in the erection of which Mr. Lovett was an active committee worker. Marching in slow step the long procession escorted the remains to Emmanuel Church for the first part of the service, and then back through the Market Place and High Street to the Leicester Road where the usual marching step was taken to the cemetery.
At the head marched with reversed arms a firing party, under Sergeant J. R. Waldron, with a corporal and twelve men, all local members of the 5th Battalion. Then came the Battalion Band the deceased loved so well. The drums were draped in black, and under the charge of band sergeant A.C. Walker, the solemn music of the Chopin and Handel funeral marches were played on the way to the church and the cemetery. On the return march the band played two of their dead conductor's favourite pieces, "The Boys of the Old Brigade" and "A la Militaire" march. The oak coffin was covered with the Union Jack, on which rested deceased's cap, sword and belt, and was borne on a gun carriage from the 239th Leicester Battery of the Royal Artillery. This was in charge of Staff Sergeant Broadbridge, and drawn by three pairs of horse ridden by C.Q.M.S. Winterton, Sergeant Belton and Corporal Pilgrim.The bearers were ex R.S.M. Small, C.S.M. Samson, D.C.M., R.Q.M.S. Goree15th Battalion, Bandmaster Lensk, R.S.M. T. Hinks, R.Q.M.S. Robertson C.S.M. Lord (4th Battalion), and R.S.M. Philips (Yeomanry). Deceased's medals resting on a cushion, were carried by R.S.M. Pepper.
The gun carriage carrying the remains arrive at Emmanuel Church.
Carriage full of wreaths and flowers preceded the private mourners, Mrs., H.O. Lovett (widow), Mrs., K.M. Hunter (daughter), Mr. J.H. Lovett (son) the misses Dorothy and Lilian Lovett (daughters), and S.Q.M.S. Hunter (son in law). The procession comprised the following: -- Officers of the 5thBattalion: - Col, W.S.N. Toller, D.S.O, T.D, Old Lieut, Col. C. H. Jones, C.M.G. T.D. Lieu Col German. T.D. Major J. L. Griffiths. D.S.O. T.D. Major C Bland, T.D. Major A, Weyman. M.C. (Adjutant); Capt. A. Worley, Liet, Guy German. Lieu. - Col R.E. Martin was unable to attend through indisposition. Ex Col Serg, J. Osborne, ex Sergt. Hanson, ex Sergt. H. Imrie. C, and H. Q. companies in charge of Sergt W. Cozone, C,Q, M, S. Spencer, Evans and O.R. Sergt H. Simmonds. 4thBatt: C.Q.M.S. Ball, C.S.M. Brewin. O. R. Sgt Johnson, Sergt, Worrall, Allen, Owen, Horby, ex Cpl. Branson, D.C.M. Permanent Staff Sergt-Instructors, Marchant, Osborne, Bird. Reserve Officers, Major Spiby, R.A.M.C. Lt W. Miller (Northamptonshire) Old Volunteer Services Company: Col Sergt Ball, Pugler, Crossley. Ptes, Sutton, M. Higgins, and J. Morris. Leicestershire Yeomanry: Capt J. Green, Squadron S. M. H. Poole, M.M. Bandmaster Acres, H.Q.M.S. Onions, Squadron S. M. Gretton, ex H.S, M. Nicholson, Trumpeter Major Collier, Farrier Sergt, Hudson.
Entering the Cemetery headed by the Rev. Dr. R. Robson (left) who served during the war,
and the Rev. A. J. Iron, Rector of Hathern.
The Mayor of Loughborough (councilor G. H. Bowler, J. P.) Ald. F. A. Stenson, Councillors E. Fisher, and B. W. Dawson . British Legion and ex-Service Men under Messrs, D. Everett, and T. Ryder. Amalgamated Union of Engineers. Messrs W. Burrows, J. O, Pearson, A.W. Sharp, J. Smith, J Morris and Bombroff with Councilor W.G.Wilburn, (district committees). Carpentry and Joiners Society Messr's Odeil and James.
Loughborough Borough prize silver band : Bandmaster Onions Bandsman H. Miller and A. Blood. Barrow Silver Prize Band: Bandmaster A. Derby and bandsman R. Sutton. Loughborough Licensed Vietuallers: Messr F. Harris, J. Gutteridge, F. Bird, and J.E. Collins. Thirty members of the order of Buffaloes to which the deceased belonged and representatives of the male voice choir and Loughborough Glecmen. Among those at the church were Major F. K. Griggs, (formerly commanding the Volunteer Company). Ex Captains W.E. Porter, and Gilford Burder (5th Battalion). Mrs.W.S.N. Toller, Messr, W. Meas. C.B.E, W.H. Wootton, W. H. Pernell, P. Armstrong, H. Wilkinson, Councilor A.J. Pilsbury, T. Gilbert, K. Deakin, P. Raymond, G. Simpkin, A.H. Brewster, H. Holmes, F. Reed, J.W.Lee, James Eadie Ltd, & page North and Co.
The service was taken by the Rector the Rev. D.R. Robson and the Rev A. J. Iron the rector of Hathern, who was on service as Captain in the 5thBattalion. The singing of the hymn "Abide with me" was led by the band.
Harry's grave Loughborough Cemetery.