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Lieutenant Lionel Calvert


The Times - 10th February 1917

Lieutenant Lionel Calvert, RE, formerly of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, killed on January 30th, was the only son of the late James Calvert, JP, of Highfield, Danehill, Sussex. He was educated at Marlborough, The Leys School, Cambridge and the Royal School of Mines, where he obtained his diploma as an associate of the Royal School of Mines. He then went to South Africa and was employed in an important position on the Robinson Deep Gold Mine. He was an associate of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. When war broke out he returned to England and obtained a commission in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Six months later he was transferred to the Royal Engineers. In April, 1915, he was wounded and invalided home. 

In February, 1916, he married Mai Bacon, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hatley Bacon, of 38 Commercial Street, Leeds, and 16 Kenilworth Avenue, Harrogate. he again left for the Front in July, 1916, and it was while commanding a section there that he was killed. His commanding officer writes : "He was idolized by his men and popular with his brother officers We all feel the loss from the bottom of our hearts of a gallant comrade who has set us all such a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty". Lieutenant Calvert leaves a son, a few weeks Alderman.


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