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James Loveless (1895-1916)

Pony driver from Station Town was fatally injured on HMS Warspite at the Battle of Jutland

James Loveless was born in Station Town on 7 August 1895. His father was William Loveless (1857-1934), originally from Tolpuddle, Dorset who was working as a coal miner. His mother was Mary Loveless nee Morland (1861-1932), who was born in Aycliffe. His parents married in 1886 in Shildon and they had a total of seven children of whom three died in infancy.

At the time of the 1901 census James lived in 8 back Mainsforth Row, Chilton, Ferryhill with his parents, two sisters and one brother. At the 1911 census he was the only child still living with his parents who were now at 19 Robson Street, Wheatley Hill, Thornley. James was working as a pony driver in a coal mine at this time.

James was Stoker 5900(S) in the Royal Naval Reserve and served onboard HMS Warspite during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship. During the battle her steering was damaged which meant for a time she was only able to travel in a circle which made her a tempting target. She was holed 150 times with 14 crew killed and 16 wounded. James died from shrapnel wounds received in the action.

Because she was extensively damaged, HMS Warspite was ordered back to Rosyth, Scotland. James is buried in the Dalmeny Parish Cemetery, South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire. He is also remembered on a statue 1914-18 in Ferryhill.

James Loveless was awarded the Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal for his service in World War One.

Civil Parish: Hutton Henry

Birth date: 07-Aug-1895

Death date: 31-May-1916

Armed force/civilian: Navy

Residence: 8 Back Mainsforth Row, Chilton (1901 census)
19 Robson Street, Wheatley Hill (1911 census)

Employment: Pony driver, coal mine (1911 census)

Family: Parents: William Loveless (1857-1934), Mary Loveless nee Morland (1861-1932)
Siblings: Lily Loveless (1886), William Ernest Loveless (1889), Lena Loveless (1894)

Military service:

HMS Warspite

Medal(s): Star
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Memorial(s): Buried in Dalmeny Parish Cemetery, South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire, Scotland
Statue 1914-18, Ferryhill

Gender: Male

Contributed by David D, Stanley, Co Durham

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James Loveless was the younger brother of my great grandmother Lena Martin (nee Loveless).
Thank you for placing this record of him on your site.
James was a descendant of relatives of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. His grandmother was Elizabeth Loveless (nee Hammett) sister of Tolpuddle Martyr James Hammett, and his grandfather was Stephen Loveless who was related to Tolpuddle Martyrs George and James Loveless.

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