Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Frederick George Rogers and Private Albert Ernest Lovatt, 8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, were killed together at Angle Point in Belgium.
They met during basic training in the latter half of 1916, and were described as having become “inseparable mates”, serving together until the day of their deaths. On that day a comrade reported seeing them helping each other towards a dressing station after an attack north-west of the Staden-Langemarck railway. He believed that not just one but both had been wounded during the fighting. They did not make it to safety as they were killed before reaching the dressing station.
Private Rogers had worked as a printer’s assistant before enlisting in August of 1916. He was married and he and his wife had several children. From Matlock in Somerset, Frederick was killed on his 27th birthday.
Private Lovatt had also enlisted in August of 1916. He had married his wife Elsie two weeks before leaving for France. From Dawley Bank in Shropshire, he was 29 years old.
Private Rogers and Private Lovatt were originally buried near where they fell – after the war they were moved to the Cement House Cemetery in Langemark, Belgium. On Private Lovatt’s headstone are lines from the
hymn “Peace, Perfect Peace” by Reverend Edward Bickersteth, “Peace perfect peace with loved ones far away, in Jesus’ keeping we are safe and they.”