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1055   Private Henry Alexander Love
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 03/08/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 41st Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/04/1889
Died: 05/10/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 26
Summary      
Henry Alexander Love was the son of William and Emily Love. Henry was born in Clogher, County Tyrone on 2nd April 1889. He was one of at least nine children. The family emigrated to Australia before 1911. Henry Love enlisted on 31st December 1915 in Lismore, New South Wales with the Australian Infantry. Private Henry Love embarked from Sydney on 17th May 1916. He disembarked at Devonport, England on 20th July 1916. On the 29th October 1916 he proceeded overseas with the 41st battalion. Private Henry Love was killed in action a year later on 5th October 1917.
Private Henry Alexander Love
Further Information
Henry Alexander Love was the second son of William and Emily Love (nee Cathcart).
Henry was born in Clogher, County Tyrone on 2nd April 1889. He was one of at least none children, the first eight been born in the Clogher area.
Clogher Main Street
Known family: William Love, Emily Love, George Love (born 1st January 1884), Barbara Love (born 16th April 1886), Henry Harry Alexander Love (born 2nd April 1889), David Love (born 3rd March 1891), Edwin Love (born 3rd June 1893), Emma Emily Love (born 22nd May 1896), Mary Love (born about 1897), Catherine Love (born 2nd August 1898), Margaret Love (born 19th August 1900, Derrylin).
The 1901 census records 'Harry' as age 13 living with the family at house 5 in Knocknabrass, Crum, Fermanagh. William Love was a byre man. A byre man was one who raises or tends cows. Harry was still at school.
The family emigrated to Australia.
Curiously, Henry Love has two Attestation Papers, both signed on the same date, completed identically with different handwriting one signed by Harry Love, one by Henry Love (same signature) . It may be that he signed the first one as Harry and the Australian authorities filled another out for him and asked him to sign with his birth name.
Attestation papers - page 1
Attestation papers - page 2
Henry Love enlisted on 31st December 1915 in Lismore, New South Wales with the Australian Infantry. He gives his age as 26.
Henry gives his occupation as farmer. He gives his next of kin as Mr William Love, father, Camira L K, via Casino, New South Wales. He was not married.
Active service details
Private Henry Love embarked from Sydney on 17th May 1916. He disembarked at Devonport, England on 20th July 1916.
On the 13th October Private Love was transferred to the 13th Battalion. On 27th October he was transferred to the 11th battalion. On the 29th October 1916 he proceeded overseas with the 41st battalion.
Private Henry Love was reported killed in action a year later on 10th October 1917. He was actually killed on 5th October 1917. Henry was 26 years old.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 3rd December 1917:
Newspaper report
Private Harry Love, Australian Imperial Forces, brother of Mr John Love, Belmont, Belfast, killed in action on 5th October. The deceased was born in Clogher Park, County Tyrone.
From an unknown Belfast Newspaper
Newspaper report
Private H A Love, Australian Forces, killed, was a brother of Mr John Love, Belmont, Belfast.
Private Henry Love is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.
Private Henry Love -Tyne Cot Cemetery
Private Henry Love is commemorated on the Casino and District WWI Memorial Plaque in New South Wales, Australia.
Casino and District WWI Memorial Plaque in New South Wales
The CWGC record Private Love as the Son of William and Emily Love, of Camira Creek, New South Wales. He is also recorded as being a native of County Tyrone, Ireland.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Clogher Clogher Born in Clogher 54.41401 -7.165282
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
01/01/1884 B Love George Sibling U/1884/107/1026/8/268 Cathcart
16/04/1886 B Love Barbara Sibling U/1886/107/1026/9/60 CathEart
02/04/1889 B Love Henry Casualty U/1889/107/1026/9/410 Cathcart
03/03/1891 B Love David Sibling U/1891/107/1026/10/129 Cathcart
03/06/1893 B Love Edwin Sibling U/1893/107/1026/10/411 Cathcart
22/05/1896 B Love Emily Sibling U/1896/107/1026/11/231 Cathcart
02/08/1898 B Love Catherine Sibling U/1898/107/1026/11/477 Cathcart
19/08/1900 B Love Margaret Sibling U/1900/152/1019/12/21 Cathcart
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Love family Lists 'Harry' as age 13 living with the family at house 5 in Knocknabrass, Crum, Fermanagh
2 Australian Embarkation Roll Embarkation Roll - Henry Alexander Love
3 Australian Military Records 50 documents regarding Henry Love's Military Record
4 Australian Nominal Roll Nominal Roll - Henry Alexander Love
5 Australian Roll of Honour Roll of Honour - Henry Alexander Love
6 Casino & District Memorial Listed on Memorial in Casino, New South Wales
7 FindAGrave.com Photo of Private Henry Alexander Love's grave
8 Northern Ireland and the A.I.F. Photo of Private Henry Love
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Henry Love's headstone can be purchased here
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