Lionel Smart Grove


Lionel Smart Grove


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Welsh Fusiliers
15th Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Panel 50 to 52.


>He has no Headstone. He is Commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France to the missing.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey. Watford Grammar School Book of Remembrance.

Pre War

Lionel Smart Grove was born in Watford, Herts, on 7th December 1896, son of Walter Grove (B 1863 in Amersham, Bucks) an Auctioneer and Elizabeth Annie Grove (nee Smart), (B 1867 in Aldgate, London, who had four children. Lionel was the only one who survived.

1901 Census records Lionel aged 4, Living with his parents and sister Gladys 1, at 66 Gladstone Road, Watford, Herts. (His sister Gladys died in 1907).

In September 1909, he entered Watford Boys Grammar School on a Fullers Scholarship, leaving in December 1912, aged 16.

By 1911 the family had moved to 133 Lower Paddock Road, Oxhey. His father Walter now gave his occupation as an estate agent and Lionel, aged 15, was a pupil at Watford Boys’ Grammar School.

There is an entry in The British Postal Appointments Book for November 1912, which records Lionel’s appointment as a Boy Clerk, at Mount Pleasant, London.

His father Walter died in February 1913, aged 49.

Wartime Service

Lionel enlisted in Holborn, London, posted to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, with the Service No. 22034.

His Medal Card records he arrived in France on 3rd December 1915. Lionel was killed in action at  Fromelles on 8th May 1916. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial in France, panel 50 -52.

He is commemorated on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey, where his name appears as GROVES, L. and in the Watford Boys Grammar School Book of Remembrance.

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £8-6s-5d, Pay Owing and £6, War Gratuity which went to Miss Edith Miriam Franklin. Also see ‘Additional Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit


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